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Advent Season 2023
How Does a Weary World Rejoice?
An Advent Sermon Series in Luke’s Gospel
Christ was born into a weary world. King Herod ruled the land with a legacy of ruthlessness. The Romans treated the people of Israel with contempt, imposing harsh taxes and land seizures that forced many into subsistence farming. Poverty and destitution were pervasive. And yet, Christ was born, bringing good news of great joy for all people.
As Advent comes again to a weary world, we ask, “How does a weary world rejoice?” From the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel, we have found a few answers: we acknowledge our weariness, we find joy in connection, we allow ourselves to be amazed, we sing stories of hope, we make room, we root ourselves in ritual, and most importantly, we trust our belovedness. In the parallel birth stories of Jesus and John, joy arrives—despite trepidation, fear, or grief. In these stories, we find rhythms for rejoicing. As we move through our series, we hope to create space for acknowledging the weariness of our world while celebrating God’s closeness with great joy.
And so, this Advent, we will hold space for our weariness and our joy. We will seek a “thrill of hope” in our hurting world. We will welcome joy—even if, like the prophet Isaiah, we cry out for comfort (Isaiah 40:1). In this weary world, may we find many ways to rejoice.
Community Christmas Carol Sing Along
Sunday, December 10 at 6 pm
Come on in to our sanctuary beautifully decorated for the Advent season. Our traditional community sing along is casual and fun. Enjoy singing all your favorite Christmas carols and popular holiday songs. Gather around the Christmas tree and have some hot cider and cookies.
Holiday Cantata – Handel’s Messiah
Sunday, December 17 at 3 pm
Add this special Sunday afternoon musical performance to your holiday calendar. It’s going to be great! EPC Director of Music, Justin Han and our Chancel Choir will be joined by an orchestra and guest singers in a presentation of the Christmas portion and Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah.