Weekly Devotion


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Radical Love Endeavor's Podcast - Season 2 







Being in Community - Together While Apart

Welcome to the Advent Lutheran Church online community.  In response to the temporary reality of social distancing, we will continue to reach out with our hearts instead of our hands for a little while longer.  We are an embodied people and miss the ability to gather together.  While we look forward to a wonderful reunion sometime in the future, we also recognize that each new day is a gift from God.  Using creativity and care, we are finding new ways to grow in God’s love where we are planted.  We encourage you to take advantage of all the ways you can be connected with one another right now.

Links to Sunday worship will be posted here to our new Youtube channel each week at 10:00.  Adult Education continues via Zoom Sundays at 11:00 and Wednesdays at noon.  We begin a new study, Faces of our Faith, next Sunday and Wednesday – contact spiritualdev@adventlu.org to request the materials.  Faces of Faith is appropriate for adults as well as older youth.  A weekly devotion will be posted here each Tuesday and discussed in the community via Zoom on Thursday at 7:30.  Links to all the Zoom sessions are posted on the member dashboard.

We have ramped up production on our podcast, The Radical Love Endeavor.  You will find episodes on the stress of separation and loss, how to help children and youth during the quarantine as well as a new guided meditation series.

Keep checking back for new content and let us know if there is something you would like to see or hear from us by sending suggestions to info@adventlu.org with the email subject “Suggestion for Content.”


MAKING FACE MASKS AT HOME

There has been a lot of publicity about people making face masks at home.   We received information produced by Atrium on how to go about making face masks designed to insert an additional filter such as a paper towel or tissue.
Click here to view the Atrium Health suggested pattern and instruction sheet. 

Meet Our Pastor

WARD MISENHEIMER

I never imagined being ordained (I’m sure it was a shock to many others, too!), much less serving as a pastor at Advent for almost 13 years!  But, now I can’t imagine being anywhere. This congregation has watched me grow as a pastor and extended much grace to me when I’ve completely dropped the ball. We have celebrated together when goals have been attained. They have loved me in the midst of the ups and downs of life. And I hope that I’ve shared as much grace and love with them as I have experienced.

Read More About Our Pastor

Advent is blessed to have the liturgical art of Ernst Schwidder in our sanctuary. These three pieces, the reredos, altar and pulpit, are beautiful pieces that add to our worship each week. His mahogany wood sculpting is easily recognizable for its long, lean, flowing lines, as well as for its idiosyncratic uppercase lettering of Scripture passages. In the craft of an artist, Schwidder did not intend to produce lifelike images, but to design through wood carving and other media visual theological truth apropos to the church setting and ministry in which his work had been commissioned.

The body of Jesus on this cross is not dying - it is the risen Christ. His hands indicate a servant posture as he returns to serve the world, which is reflected in the circle behind the cross. The clouds at the top of the circle show Jesus "coming on the clouds" - this proclaims Jesus as the bridge between heaven and earth. There are 8 stars. The center star is the "morning star" from Revelation 2:28 heralding the dawn and representing resurrection. The other seven stars represent the Christian churches in Asian Minor from Revelation. As John was instructed to write to these churches, we ponder what John would have to write about Advent today as we strive to live into the light and love of the resurrected Christ.

www.schwidderart.org

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