Sunday, November 29, 2020 - Friday, December 25, 2020
Believe – Our Advent Hope
“Raise your voice… raise it; don’t be afraid!” - Isaiah 40:9
The history of humanity is fraught with pain - especially the pain that comes accompanied by fear and leads to oppression and violence of one people against another. This is the world into which Jesus was born and through which his teachings would challenge and call for transformation. The opening words of an anonymous Jewish poet, “I believe in the sun, even when the sun is not shining,” were scrawled on a wall during the Holocaust. This theme song for our season calls us to examine our penchant for annihilating fear by annihilating each other. The power of God’s narrative and music will call us to a different response - transformation and reconciliation through hope, love, joy, and peace. This Advent and Christmas let us fill the night with music and light, while we affirm and act on the reasons we can still “believe, even when” we are discouraged. Advent begins November 29.