Longing for light? Listen here to Sarah’s first in the Advent series “Let there be light!” and join us in worship and fellowship throughout the advent season. 

Advent is a time of preparation, expectation, and longing. Though the shadows grow long, we cling to the promise that light still shines. What glimpses of light break through even now? Come, join us for worship: light a candle, and light up the world with hope!

Lessons of the Day: 

Mark 13: 24-33 

24 “In those days, after the suffering of that time, the sun will become dark, and the moon won’t give its light. 25 The stars will fall from the sky, and the planets and other heavenly bodies will be shaken. 26 Then they will see the Human One[a] coming in the clouds with great power and splendor. 27 Then he will send the angels and gather together his chosen people from the four corners of the earth, from the end of the earth to the end of heaven.

A lesson from the fig tree
28 “Learn this parable from the fig tree. After its branch becomes tender and it sprouts new leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 In the same way, when you see these things happening, you know that he’s near, at the door. 30 I assure you that this generation won’t pass away until all these things happen. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away.

32 “But nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the angels in heaven and not the Son. Only the Father knows. 33 Watch out! Stay alert! You don’t know when the time is coming.

John 1:1-10, 14
In the beginning
there was the Word;
the Word was in God’s presence,
and the Word was God.
The Word was present to God
from the beginning.
Through the Word
all things came into being,
and apart from the Word
nothing came into being
that has come into being.
In the Word was life,
and that life was humanity’s light—
a Light that shines in the darkness,
a Light that the darkness has never overtaken.

Then came one named John, sent as an envoy from God, who came as a witness to testify about the Light, so that through his testimony everyone might believe. He himself wasn’t the Light; he only came to testify about the Light—the true Light that illumines all humankind.

The Word was coming into the world—

was in the world—
and though the world
was made through the Word,
the word didn’t recognize it.
And the Word became flesh
and made a home among us;
we saw the Word’s glory—
…filled with grace,
filled with truth.