At our recent “How to Celebrate Advent with Your Family” gathering, I was explaining to some of our kids that Advent is about waiting for the world to change.

“The world is going to change?” one of them asked. Before I could answer, another one responded, “Yeah, it’s going to blow up.”

It wasn’t a bad answer. Catastrophic climate change aside, the season of Advent is about waiting and preparing for a radical disruption of the way things are. This December, we’re leaning into that disruption, leaning into the destructive, world-blowing-up-power that is at the center of Advent.

It’s the power that Mary sings about as Jesus grows inside her.

“God has scattered the proud…
brought down the powerful…
lifted up the lowly…
filled the hungry with good things…
sent the rich away empty…”

This song, called the Magnificat in Christian tradition, is a manifesto for a new world built on peace, hope, joy, and love. And a lot of things in our world will have to change before we get there.

Come sing this song with us in Advent. Prepare to be part of the change. Lean into the disruptive power of love. Center yourself in a different way of being, led by the one who will arrive again very soon.

 

Welcoming Refugees

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We are teaming up again with Pilgrim Lutheran Church to welcome a refugee family to Chicago! Through Refugee One, we are sponsoring a Rohingyan family. As co-sponsors the congregations need to raise $8,000, which RefugeeOne will use to subsidize rent and provide other needed services for the family’s first six months. There will be many hands-on ways to get involved, but for now, you can support the project by giving here and sharing the link with friends who want to take action too.

Christmas Eve

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Join us at 4:30pm on December 24th for our annual, family-friendly Christmas Eve service. Worship includes beautiful music, a sermon from Rev. Vince Amlin, and a telling of the Christmas story with children invited to bring forward figures from the Bethany nativity set. We will also close with our candlelit singing of Silent Night. This service is a great way to center yourself for the holiday or share the story with your children or grandchildren. We hope you’ll join us and bring your friends and family!

Living Nativity

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Friday, Dec 14, from 3 - 6. Join us as Bethany’s courtyard is transformed into an interactive nativity scene, completewith live animals and our second annual nativity photo booth! Plus there will be cookies and hot cocoa downstairs and our fire pit outside to keep warm. We'd also love to have your help welcoming our neighbors to the festivities.