Open Sanctuary Throughout Advent
The season of Advent is to be a gift to us. It is to be a season apart, a spacious time when we can take some time away from the consuming busyness of our days to consider what it means to have God with us.
What happens, however, is that Advent tends to be one of the most hectic times of the year. We can find ourselves scrambling to get the presents bought and wrapped, the cards sent out, and the parties planned. Instead of feeling filled up with Hope, Peace, Joy and Love, we can get to the end of Advent feeling more depleted than ever.
So this year, to help us partake of the gift of the season, we are going to be opening the church during week and invite you to stop by. Come sit in the quiet of our Sanctuary. Soak in the beauty and peace of the place. We hope it a home for you not just on Sunday morning but whenever it is you can stop by throughout the month.
The sanctuary will be open Monday - Friday, 11:00 - 1:00 p.m., and from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. One of our pastors will be present at these times as well if you would like someone to pray or sit with you.
Longest Night Service,
December 21, 7:00 p.m.
Advent can also be a difficult time for many of us. Perhaps we are feeling overwhelmed by the rush and consumerism of the season. Perhaps we are hungering for some quiet and contemplation. Perhaps we are feeling out of sync with the festivities; feeling more sadness, loss and fear than joyful celebration.
This year, on December 21st, we will gather in Memorial Chapel for a beautiful contemplative service of candle lighting, song and prayer. We will open space for all that we may be feeling and will pray that our time together will be of comfort and perhaps even one of healing.