Madison Christian Community

Advent Lutheran Church, ELCA

Welcome to Advent Worship, Sundays at 10:15
With many others, you may feel longing for the comfort and reassurance of God’s good news and connection to each other and beautiful, peaceful worship. We welcome you to worship with us!

We are currently offering adapted in-person worship to reduce virus transmission. One main difference you’ll notice from our typical liturgies is that we aren’t singing together. You can read more about current protocols here. You can also participate online with the livestream at
It shouldn’t require passwords or downloads, and the bulletin is in a link below the video.

Upcoming Liturgies
January 16, 2022
“Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs.” At a wedding in Cana, John tells us Jesus did the first of his signs. What does this sign point toward? In worship, we’ll also observe Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Join this Sunday at 10:15 in or from the Blessing Room. Use this link for the livestream, with the bulletin here and reading/coloring sheet here

Shared MCC Worship - Jan 23
For Pastor Sonja's last Sunday at MCC, we are planning two identical shared MCC worship services. One will be at 9am and the other at 11am in order not to exceed Covid capacity in the Blessing Room. The services will include a leave-taking ritual and blessing for Pastor Sonja and the congregation. Please click here to sign-up for one of these special shared services.

Additional devotional resources and connections available in the weekly congregational email, plus the prayers and encouragements through the week of “+nick notes”—contact if you’d like to be added to those lists.

Worship at Advent Lutheran
Advent Worship Services
10:15 am During the School Year
  9:30 am Summer Schedule
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.

Epiphany Choir in Worship January 2018Choir

Reconciling in ChristWhat 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 here. Or watch past services on our YouTube channel.

Several Links for Worship
For a complete listing of the readings, visit A website supported by Luther Seminary offers reflections on the weekly readings.

Worship Resources  from Working Preacher Explanations and materials from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) A clearing-house website with myriad resources on the lectionary.  Pastor Nick helps administer this website on worshiping God with creation. Some good Bible background

Advent Lutheran, ELCATransplanted for Mission:
A History of Advent Lutheran Church, 1960-2010
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.

The Larger Church
Besides our partnership with Community of Hope UCC, Advent Lutheran is connected to the larger Lutheran church body. We are one of 138 congregations of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin (, which is one of 65 synods or regional bodies in the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ( The ELCA also stands in relationships with the Lutheran World Federation ( Though Advent has much of its own character, you could still learn more about us by exploring those pages for our broader relationships and larger ministry of Lutherans.

Reconciling in Christ
"What Does This Mean?"
Having marked the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation when Martin Luther nailed 95 points of discussion on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany on Oct. 31, 1517, we proceeded through a “back to basics” of Luther’s way of teaching the faith through his Small Catechism. You can open a copy (click here) with reflection questions that we 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.)

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 Christian Community.

  8. A variety of worship settings are used and the congregation can sing in
      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.
     More information about this at the top right of this page.

  4. A "culture of commitment" is fostered by the practice of renewing
      membership annually.

  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.

Mission Statement
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 hospitality.

Romans 12:5-6a, 9-13

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