Advent & Christmas @ Emmanuel

Advent 2021 Theme: Close to Home

Image Credit: A Sanctified Art

When something hits close to home, it affects us deeply. During the Advent and Christmas season, we journey through scriptures and rituals that are tender, heavy with emotion, and vulnerable. We carry the memories and truths of this season close to our hearts. The Close to Home theme acknowledges the “already but not yet” tension of our faith: Emmanuel is with us, and yet, God’s promised day—our everlasting home—is not fully realized. It names our deep longing for God to come close to us.

 

The Advent and Christmas scriptures are rich with home metaphors and imagery. In these scriptures, home is both physical and metaphorical, something we seek and something we are called to build. In many ways, these scriptures are like blueprints—detailing the dreams of a God who makes a home with us. Ultimately, God is our home and resting place. God draws near and makes a home on earth; sacred ground is all around us.

 

This Advent, may we be comforted by the One who dwells intimately with us. May we expand safety and sanctuary for everyone wandering far from home. May we come home—wherever home is found—to live fully with joy, hope, and courage.

(Worship resources courtesy A Sanctified Art)

 

Seasonal Activity Schedule:

 

Sunday Morning Advent Worship Services & Sunday School

Sundays Nov. 28 – Dec. 19 @ 9am (Traditional) and 10:45am (Contemporary)
Join us for our Advent sermon series “Close to Home” each of the four Sundays in Advent. Sunday school takes place for children & youth during the 9am service. Both services are in-person in the sanctuary and live-streamed each Sunday on our YouTube channel.

 

Devotional Studies

From the “Close to Home” Devotional Booklet:
“Beginning with the first Sunday in Advent, this daily devotional follows the Revised Common Lectionary (Year C) through Epiphany. Each day offers something new: commentary, poetry, visual art, hymns, journaling, and Sabbath prompts. It includes contributions from our guest contributors, Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and Rev. T. Denise Anderson.

Need a “Close to Home” devotional booklet? Stop by the church office and pick one up!

 

Mondays w/ Rev. Edgardo

Mondays at 9:30am-11:00am & 7:00pm-8:30pm

Rev. Edgardo will lead this new study during advent. You can join on Monday mornings at 9:30am in-person in the ministry center or on Zoom. You can also join us on Zoom at 7 p.m. on Monday evenings and share with anyone else who might be interested. Contact Pastor Edgardo (pastoredgardo@eumclaurel.org) for more information.

 

For Monday Mornings at 9:30am:
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking HERE.
Meeting ID: 833 2367 8865, Password: 895572

 

For Monday Evenings:
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking HERE.
Meeting ID: 868 3129 2204, Password: 598060

A Sunday Kind of Love – Sunday, December 12th @ 6pm

“A Sunday Kind of Love” Concert Dec. 12 6pm-8pm

 

Join us to celebrate the Ministry of Reverend Kim Capps!

 

Listen to some great music, reconnect with old friends, make new ones and savor the taste of community in a coffee-house atmosphere. Singer Songwriter Laura Baron, on guitar and vocals, will be joined by Pat Baron Quinn on vocals & bass, and Dave Yivisaker on keyboard. Laura is known for her Jazz-tinged world music, infectious pop and soulful acoustic performances. Bring some cookies or an appetizer to share, and we’ll provide tea & hot chocolate. For more on Laura Baron, or to hear her music go to laurabaronmusic.com.

Longest Night Service – Tuesday, December 21st @ 7pm on YouTube

For those who have experienced loss, the holidays can be a particularly painful time, stirring up grief in acute ways. As a result, churches around the world have adopted the practice of having a “Blue Christmas” or a “Longest Night” service during the Advent season. In the Northern hemisphere, this service is often observed on December 21st, the Winter Solstice, which is the longest night of the year.  

 

A Longest Night service is designed to provide space for prayer, reflection, and remembrance amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. In this pandemic season of life, we imagine that grief and loss are real for some in the community and a service like this may be needed now more than ever. Therefore, we hope that this worship opportunity can be a gift to you and the community, providing a space of calm, quiet, and healing.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – Friday, December 24th @ 8pm

Watch this special online-only service via our YouTube channel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sunday, December 26th @ 10am

Join us the Sunday after Christmas at 10am for one special online-only service featuring Christmas carols!