Madison Christian Community

Advent Lutheran Church, ELCA

Worship During Quarantine
We continue to lead worship from the Blessing Room at 10:15 on Sundays for you to join in and participate from home. The worship services are streamed online from YouTube. You shouldn’t need any app or passwords or anything to download. If you have internet service, you should be able to join us. The bulletin is posted in a link below the video. Click here for the Advent “channel.” Share the link and invite others to worship with you!

If you have
prayer requests or announcements including birthdays to be shared in worship, please send them to Nick no later than 9:00 am on Sunday morning at

Upcoming Liturgies
6/7 Holy Trinity Sunday – ELW setting 8
In worship at 10:15 from the Blessing Room, we’ll be celebrating Holy Trinity Sunday. That’s not so much about trying to ponder three-in-one-and-one-in-three, and is more about God in relationship. We’ll also have Senior Recognition and be awarding Advent Endowment scholarships and grants. Our liturgy is shaped by ELW setting 8. Plus prelude music by Anna Bauer!
Here is the livestream link and the bulletin link.
If you have prayer requests to be shared in worship or announcements, including birthdays, that you would like spoken to the congregation, please send them to Nick.

6/14 – Start of summer worship schedule (9:30 am)

Additional Chances!
Remember that, even though we most encourage you to gather in worship at 10:15, the videos remain available at our YouTube channels afterward, so you can go back and catch Holy Week services you missed, or join in with our partner congregation’s worship for an MCC experience! Here is the YouTube channel link: Click here.
You can find sermon manuscripts from Pastor Nick here.

Bible Readings for Worship
After a couple program years of the Narrative Lectionary, a Psummer of Psalms, and some other engaging opportunities, we are returning more fully to the Revised Common Lectionary. This set of Bible readings is used by many mainline Protestants and is similar to the Roman Catholic lectionary. We join the year of Luke (year C) in progress. The Gospel readings are paired with an Old Testament passage sharing the theme, and a Psalm response echoing that as well. Through this autumn, we'll also encounter New Testament readings from 1st & 2nd Timothy and 2nd Thessalonians. With the season Advent (starting Dec. 1), we begin a new church year and move to the year of Matthew (year A).

For a complete listing of the readings, visit

Read The Whole Bible in a Year: 2020
To see the outline for the whole year, you can click here.

Your Advent Worship Team recently had conversation about our capabilities and how we engage worship. We want you to remember that we stand and sit in worship for both theological and human reasons, but that you are always welcome to join in body and spirit however is best for you. Please stand, sit, laugh, cry, reflect, and participate in whatever way you need within the worship service.

This reality is simply an extension of what we already recognize with children: that each of us engages worship in the way that is appropriate for us. For that reason, children’s activity tables are in the front of the worship space for children to be part of the assembly and meeting God not only with their ears and voices, but also with their creativity. There are also books and more to help active bodies stay part of the gathering. (And, of course, there’s staffed nursery care for age 5 and under when it’s most appropriate to have a break from worship!)

"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.)

Worship at Advent LutheranAdvent 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.

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. Reconciling in Christ

  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

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.

Several Links for Worship 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.

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