"So then a Sabbath rest still
remains for the people of God; for those who enter
God's rest also cease from
their labors as God did. Let us therefore make every
effort to enter that rest."
Worship is the practice of "stepping away" from the pattern and press of
daily life to intentionally love God. In doing so, the disciple gains a deeper
understanding and experience of the majesty, mercy and mystery of God. In
worship we praise God for being God, for being our God!
The disciple can "step away" from the routine of the moment to honor God
in numerous ways: through participation in the public event of a worship
service; through the creative act of art, drama, dance, craft, music and
song; through listening to a sermon to receiving the sacrament; through an
encounter of God in the beauty of creation, and more.
While "worship" is more than what we often mean by
the word "worship," the maturing disciple acknowledges that the act of corporate
worship within the context of a celebrating congregation is key and necessary to
a disciple's walk and life of devotion.
As a discipleship congregation, we seek to provide meaningful worship for the
community. We encourage one another to worship regularly. We will offer
alternative worship opportunities at times other than Sundays.
Worship at Advent
Worship During the School Year
10:15 am September - May
Advent Lutheran, ELCA
Summer Sunday Worship:
9:30 am Memorial Day-Labor Day
Worships in the Blessing Room
Unique and Creative Worship
Advent is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of
America and its worship reflects this tradition in unique and
creative ways. Aside from inclusive versions of services from the
Evangelical Lutheran Worship book, services at Advent also feature
alternative liturgies such as the Chicago Folk Mass, African Freedom
Mass and liturgies created by members of the congregation. Many
members contribute their musical, artistic and leadership talents to
make worship lively and invigorating. A special children’s message
is included in every service. We celebrate communion on the first
and third Sunday of every month and invite all of God’s children to
the table. Advent worships in the Blessing Room.
Gluten-Free Communion Bread
As a sign of welcome and the unity we share as
Christ’s body, in MCC worship services all communion bread is gluten-free
bread. While grape juice is available for those who need it, we also
celebrate communion with local wines as a reminder of God’s work in our
lives through the means of creation.
Text by Rev. Nick Utphall
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Advent To Go
2016 Summer Bible Readings & Prayers
Amid busy lives and vacations and full weekends,
you may find summer a hard time to make it to worship and may be missing
your church community. This booklet has the Gospel readings and prayers of
the day for each week through Labor Day (though some will change as we have
shared MCC services—watch for updates). If you can’t be in worship, take the
booklet with you, do some Bible reading wherever you find yourself, maybe
have some conversation about it, and join in prayer!
Click here to download this resource.
All Communion Bread to be Gluten-Free
After some discussion, the Advent Worship committee has decided to uniformly
provide only gluten-free bread at all communion services. The worship
contact for communion Sunday will ensure that the person responsible for
setting up communion will provide only gluten-free bread.
While the majority of worship services are simultaneous but separate
gatherings for Hope and for Advent, we also worship together
throughout the year, combining the strengths of our different
traditions and being enriched by traditions other than our own. Last
year, we shared 36 worship services, from midweek in summer and Lent
to festivals of Christmas and Holy Week, from special services for
Thanksgiving and celebrations to youth-led Sunday services and World
Communion Sunday. team of MCC worship team members comes together to
plan each service keeping in mind special occasions and themes as
they present themselves. We invite people of all denominations and
ages to the communion table. We have an active music program with a
number of pianists and special music contributions.
Formerly known as "Prairie Reckoning"
We have chosen a new name that reflects who we currently are and what we
currently do: we play "roots" music (country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass,
R&B and blues) that is rooted in our Christian faith. In addition, we like
the symbolism - knowing the amazingly deep and complex root systems of
at Community of Hope, UCC
Worship During the School Year
10:15 am September -- May
Community of Hope, UCC
Worships in the Covenant Room
Ecumenical, Inclusive Worship
Community of Hope was formed by individuals representing many
different denominations. Being by nature ecumenical, we have made
use of many different resources and traditions over time. We
currently use a fairly regular and language inclusive worship format
but write the prayers and texts to work with the theme of the day.
Some of the services are written by the COH worship team. We
celebrate communion on the first Sunday of the month and believe
that Christ invites all of God’s children to his table. The services
are lead by lay members who also contribute children’s sermons,
special music, altar decorations, and occasionally the adult
sermons. Members have also written liturgies that celebrate major
events in the lives of individual members. Our care and love for
each other is palpable in our worship and we are excited to welcome
you in our midst.
Children are welcome in worship.
Child care is also provided.