Celebrate the Season
Sunday, November 29: The First Sunday of Advent
Adult Advent study begins (9:15 am) (no classes for children and youth)
Help others in this season of giving: Deacons’ Family Gift drive; winter hats and more for Riverside Community Gathering; children’s bake sale to benefit Mercy House; Central Detroit Christian Christmas store donations; dinner for Mercy House; Christmas Joy donations. Learn more in this week’s worship guide and news.
Poinsettias decorate our sanctuary OR the homes of at-home members. Sign up in the fellowship hall entry.
In Advent we expectantly wait for the One who has already come. We anticipate the promised justice of God’s new world, yet we praise God who raised the “righteous branch” to rule with justice and righteousness. We hope for the restoration of the afflicted, the tormented, and the grieving, yet we delight that healing has come in Christ. We long for the beating of swords into plowshares, yet we rejoice that the Prince of Peace has appeared. We yearn for the barren deserts of our inner cities to flourish, yet we laud the desert Rose that has bloomed. We dream of the land where lions and lambs live in harmony, yet we acclaim the child born to lead us into the promised land. (An excerpt from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship, Geneva Press, 2003, 96.)