Worship

At Christ Church, worship is at the very center of our life together. It shapes us as a community on Sunday mornings, but also far beyond that time.

Worship
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Advent Midweek Worship

The Blue Expectant Hour

Wednesdays / December 5, 12, 19   |  7:00 pm

Followed by treats in the narthex


Come to three Wednesday evenings of worship this Advent.

We will gather with candles at the front of the sanctuary to sing the service of Compline and to hear reflections on our Advent theme—“The Blue Expectant Hour.”

After worship, stay for hot cider, cookies, and fellowship in the narthex before heading out into the wintry night.

Our theme this year comes from an Advent hymn, “As the Dark Awaits the Dawn.” It sings beautifully of this blue season:

As the dark awaits the dawn, so we await your light. O Star of promise, scatter night, loving bright, loving bright, till shades of fear are gone.

As the blue expectant hour before the silvering skies, we long to see your day arise, whole and wise, whole and wise, O lucent Morning Star.

As the moon reflects the sun until the night’s decrease, may we your healing light release, living peace, living peace, unto your holy dawn.

Shine your future on this place, enlighten every guest, that through us stream your holiness, bright and blest, bright and blest; come dawn,
O Sun of grace.

~ Susan Palo Cherwien

The reflections will focus on aspects of Advent in church and in our lives, using items in our worship space as their touchpoint: the first week, the blue shades of the season, including the Advent weavings by our Weaving Guild; the second week, the light for which we long, symbolized by the Moravian Star shining from the top of the screen at the front of our sanctuary; and the third week, the birch trees shimmering in the chancel, promising new life to come from what seems lifeless.

Come for these Wednesday evening Advent times together, a rich, contemplative respite from the busyness of these weeks. You are most welcome!



Worship

We are followers of Christ, we are part of the universal or catholic church, and we have inherited the riches of the Lutheran tradition. And each of those influences our worship.

Christ is at the center. And so when we worship, the focus is on Jesus Christ and the gifts he has given us — forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. That good news fills all of our reading and speaking, our singing and our praying. And it turns us outward toward our neighbor.

We are part of the church, connected to Christians of all times and places. And so when we worship, we don’t look so much to how we can do our own thing, but how we can express that connection. In creative ways, we use the forms of worship that Christians have developed over the centuries. Our hymns include those that have fed believers for many years, and those we are learning from Christians in other parts of the world.

Every Sunday, with the whole church, we gather around God’s word and holy meal, from which we gain strength to be sent out in mission.

We have inherited particular insights from the Lutheran tradition. And so when we worship, we hear both God’s word of law, reminding us that all people fail to live up to their potential, and God’s liberating gospel, assuring us that no matter what, God still loves us. Our worship patterns, though shared with the wider church, have some wonderful Lutheran twists, including a renowned heritage of song.

It’s a rich tradition, but not a difficult one. We invite you to come and find your part in it.

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