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First Sunday of Advent
We acknowledge our weariness
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 | Luke 1:1-23
As Advent begins, we start by acknowledging the weariness, grief, rage, and hopelessness we carry—and we also affirm that we are made for joy. Joy is designed to live in a full house of other emotions. We start the season with Zechariah and Elizabeth; they have battled infertility and have lived many years steadfast in their faith. Perhaps they feel the weight of hopes and dreams unattained. The angel comes to Zechariah with promise of good news, but Zechariah can’t fully receive it, and he is cast into silence for the duration of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. Sometimes weariness can harden us and prevent us from living fully. We’ve had hard journeys. Grief has left a scar on us. This is how we show up to Advent. Let us acknowledge the ways we, too, are hardened by disbelief. Like the psalmist, let us ask, “how long?” and plead for restoration.
The Rev. John Shillingburg will be preaching. The Senior Choir will be singing and the Cambridge Bell Choir will offer special music. Communion will be shared at the chancel rail.
ERUCC also holds a healing worship service with Holy Communion at 8:30 AM.