Sunday Worship at 10:15 am
26 – Creation liturgy
2 – ELW setting 2, with communion
9 – shared MCC Palm Sunday service
13 – shared MCC Maundy Thursday service
14 – shared MCC Good Friday services (noon & 7pm)
16 – shared MCC Easter sunrise service
festival Easter service
23 – shared MCC Earth Day worship & projects
Mid-week Worship Opportunities in Lent
Wednesday Holden Vespers
Through April 5 at 7:00 pm
One of the worship opportunities will be Holden Vespers at 7pm on
Wednesdays at MCC. Look for more information to come!
House Church Groups Through April 12
In addition to Wednesday evening worship services using the Holden liturgy,
we are offering a number of House Churches this Lent. House Churches are
hosted by various members of the MCC, either at their homes or another
designated location. They'll meet for the five weeks between Ash Wednesday
and Palm Sunday, with guided conversation based on the scripture reading of
the week. Some House Churches are designed for youth/adult participation,
while others are geared for those who wish a cross-generational experience.
There's bound to be a House Church that works for your schedule since they
are on different days and times. Sign up online at:
www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4ca5a92da7f85-lenten or on the sheets of
paper on the table in the Shalom Room.
Lenten Prayer Pit Stops
In a fast-paced world, we need to pull off the road for regular spiritual
maintenance. Watch our MCC Facebook page for daily Prayer Pit Stops during
Lent. Images, quotes, and short videos will invite you to a few moments of
reflection each day. Pause. Breathe. Pray. Reflect. Be still and know that
God is God. And take that fuel into your day and this season.
What Does This Mean?
2017 is 500 years since the Reformation began when Martin Luther nailed 95
points of discussion on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany on Oct. 31,
1517. Throughout the year, we’re encouraging a “back to basics” of Luther’s
way of teaching the faith through his Small Catechism. Those will be printed
in weekly bulletins of Advent Lutheran. You can also
download an app here.
(Luther would be all for it – he used the newest technology of his time and
had posters printed to be hung in family homes.)
Advent Worship Services
10:15 am During the School Year
9:30 am Memorial Day-Labor Day
Weekly worship at Advent Lutheran
is a vibrant experience, engaging our passions and concerns and faithful
pondering, yet in a fairly casual setting with the sounds of children
constantly bubbling around us. Our worship is enriched by a wide variety of
volunteer musicians on piano, guitars, handchimes, congas, tambourine,
flute, banjo, voice, and an occasional harmonica. Our beautiful and
adaptable worship space in the Blessing Room is enhanced by designs from our
Liturgical Arts Team.
Services at Advent generally follow the historic liturgy of the church, and
Advent uses a wide variety of liturgies for worship:
both new and “classic” settings from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal, including the Spanish of setting 7
Now the Feast
and Celebration by Marty Haugen
the Earthkeeping liturgy by Dakota Road
the old favorite Chicago Folk Mass
plus some of our own creations, like the African Song celebration (with drumming), a setting composed by our own Tom Hind, a Creation-oriented liturgy, one built around materials from the Iona Community, and more
Also about once a month, we share worship services with our partner
congregation, Community of Hope UCC. These services are typically a
blend of styles and formats and may include Holy Week services, Lenten and
summer outdoor midweek worship, festivals for Confirmation and celebrating
Sunday School students, the “God’s Work. Our Hands” day of service,
ecumenical occasions, and more.
Top Ten Things to Know About Advent
10. Advent is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
9. Advent Lutheran and Community of Hope, a United Church in Christ
congregation, are in a partnership called Madison
8. A variety of worship settings are used and the congregation can sing
four part harmony.
7. The use of inclusive language in worship is valued.
6. Families with young children are welcome at worship and children
may receive Holy Communion at an early age.
5. Advent is a Reconciling in Christ congregation meaning we’re officially
registered as openly welcoming for the LGBT
community. We’re not only
“officially registered,” though, we’re a place that
people describe as the most
welcoming and comfortable church they’ve ever known.
about this at the top right of this page.
4. A "culture of commitment" is fostered by the practice of renewing
3. People of Advent are not threatened by change and seek new ways
of being faithful to God.
2. Members of Advent are scattered throughout the greater Madison area
1. Members of Advent are encouraged to identify their spiritual gifts
and use them in service.
We, though many, are one body in Christ, and
individually members of one another. Having gifts that differ according to
the grace given to us, let us use them. Let love be genuine; hate what is
evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with filial affection;
outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the
Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be
constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice
Romans 12:5-6a, 9-13
is “Reconciling in Christ”?
The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations and other
Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people by having a statement affirming
this (specifically welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender
identities) are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster, which now
exceeds 700 settings. For more information, visit
Sermons & Worship
If you’re wondering what preaching is like in our congregation, or if you
missed a sermon, or want to hear it again or share it with others, you can
find past transcripts and sound recordings
|Revised Common Lectionary
Readings for next Sunday:
Several Links for Worship
In worship on a typical Sunday, we hear an assigned Gospel reading from
Luke, a 1st reading and Psalm from the Old Testament that relate
to the Gospel passage, and an excerpt proceeding through New Testament
This link gives the lectionary Bible readings and prayers of the day
for all of Church Year A (now through Christ the King in November).
This link will take you directly to the lectionary readings for the coming
This is a more general explanation of the three-year cycle of Bible readings
we typically use in worship (along with many other mainline denominations
and the Roman Catholic Church.)
A website supported by Luther Seminary offers reflections on the weekly
clearing-house website with myriad resources on the lectionary.
Pastor Nick helps administer this website on worshiping God with creation.
Some good Bible background
Transplanted for Mission:
A History of Advent Lutheran Church,
In the early years, Advent was modest by
necessity. Advent is now modest by choice because of its commitment to
supporting other ministries with its dollars. Advent, after thought,
conversation, study and prayer, has the courage to venture in new
directions. In many respects Advent has been a countercultural community and
for this reason the congregation will continue to draw people who have lost
faith in the false promises of the world into this community of believers in
the Triune God.
To download the full transcript of "Transplanted for Mission" click here.