When something hits close to home, it affects us deeply. During the Advent and Christmas season, we journey through scriptures and rituals that are tender, heavy with emotion, and vulnerable. We carry the memories and truths of this season close to our hearts. “Close to Home” acknowledges the “already but not yet” tension of our faith: Emmanuel is with us, and yet, God’s promised day – our everlasting home – is not fully realized. It names our deep longing for God to come close to us…it also names the pain many of us carry into this season. The holidays can poke at our grief. Many will be missing loved ones lost to sickness and tragedy. The trauma of the pandemic is still with us. Many of us have lost homes… many do not feel safe in their homes… many feel alone and isolated at home… churches are discerning transitions with their physical buildings… and many of our spiritual homes are changing. (Series description by A Sanctified Art)

This Advent and Christmas, we will journey through our lectionary passages and encounter Elizabeth and Zechariah; John the Baptist; Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph, his father; Jesus, himself; and some shepherds and Magi. All of them take journeys of their own, each in their own way – some away from home, some seeking home – and we have something to learn from every one of them.

Please join us in worship for this season and may you find yourself drawn home to God, even as God in Jesus comes close to you.

 

 

 

We are thankful to be gathering together once again in our beautiful Sanctuary!
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