Comfort & Joy
Advent at Church of the Redeemer
From the Rector: God’s presence in the world in Jesus Christ is challenging. It disrupts our status quo, upends our understanding of the world, and pushes us to love differently, more authentically, with all of our heart. But also, God showing up and sharing in our humanity is meant to be a great comfort. God’s challenging presence is the greatest comfort imaginable, as every one of our hopes and every one of our fears is met with magnificent love.
With all of this we understand that the holiday season can be complicated. We love it and also, we are stressed. We are excited, and also anxious. We are equal measures hopeful and fearful for all it could and would and should be. We cannot avoid any of this. Nor, frankly, should we try. But during Advent we can prepare ourselves by leaning more fully into the comforting presence of God. We can focus on the comfort and joy that Jesus brings when he meets us where we are. We can feed on the nourishing presence of God’s love in our lives. We can hold fast to each other and focus on the eternal relationships that root, ground, and equip us to love this world into the way of justice and mercy.
I invite you to an Advent at Redeemer filled with the blessed comfort of knowing there is a place for you. A community that will embrace and hold you in your hopes and fears. A God who will show up to meet you here. (Read the entire Advent message here.)
Join us this Advent Season as we lean into the comforting presence of God. Find a space in our building set aside for connection and conversation and learn the Danish Art of Coziness (hygge). Rest and recover your called self by exploring the contemplative tradition during our Advent Quiet Day. Make an Advent Wreath to track the season. Attend worship daily (except Saturdays, set aside for rest) with our new morning and noonday prayer offerings. Enjoy Advent music during worship, through our special playlists, during Advent Lessons & Carols, and at our Blue Christmas Service. Join our neighbors at Madison Villa and our IHN guests for an evening of Christmas Caroling at Deupree House, Marjorie P. Lee and First Step Home. Share a Christmas meal with the clients of Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC).
We also have offerings to enjoy at home through a Way of Love Advent Calendar and special weekly Reflections, Practices, and Prayers using the concept of hygge, the Art of Coziness. Check out the Library for more Advent resources!
Each year at the 4:00pm service on Christmas Eve the children of Redeemer put on a pageant depicting the Christmas story in place of the Liturgy of the Word.
Kids from age 3 through 4th gra...