Advent: The World is About to Turn

Advent at First Lutheran Church

Advent Worship Livestream – Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Advent Evening Prayer  – Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23
Longest Night Online Healing Service – December 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Our Advent theme, “The World is About to Turn,” comes from the hymn “Canticle of the Turning (ELW 723),” which is a setting of Mary’s song from Luke 1. Mary’s song, the Magnificat, sings of a world turned upside-down by the anticipated coming of Christ.

This is a world of HOPE, PEACE, JOY, LOVE, and above all, a world blessed by GOD-WITH-US, Emmanuel.

Use the playlists above as a soundtrack to the season, pick up an Advent kit from church, and join us for our Advent worship and waiting.

Advent Worship Kits

We’ve assembled Advent worship kits for FLC members and friends to use as they worship in their homes this season.

Kits contain Advent candles, devotional book (including evening prayer liturgy), prayer card, paper strips for making a prayer chain, coloring pages, and a holiday card to make/send through Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. 

Pick up a kit in the church office or at a drive-through pick-up in the church parking lot at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 22.

Click here for suggestions about how to use your kit in worship and on your own.

Advent Evening Prayer

Join us Wednesday evenings in Advent for an interactive online service of evening prayer. Individuals and families of all ages are invited to join us!

If you have an Advent kit (see below), you’ll want to grab your Advent candles, prayer card, paper strips, and devotional booklet when you join. Otherwise, you can gather you own candle(s) and download the evening prayer liturgy here.

Join us Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom, or watch the service anytime later on the FLC YouTube channel.

Longest Night Online Healing Service

In any year, we acknowledge that the approaching holidays are not joyous times for everyone. This is a season where losses of relationships, health, and jobs feel particularly painful.

This year especially, many of us are also feeling the grief of not being able to gather with family and friends during the holidays, and the winter months feel extra dark and isolating.

Longest Night worship on December 22 will be a quiet service of prayer and reflection for all who need a word of comfort and hope in this holy season. There will be time for healing prayer, a time to light candles, and a time to share communion.

Items to have on hand for worship: candle/Advent candles, communion elements (something approximating bread and wine), and a small amount oil or water for anointing.

Please join us, and invite all those in your life who need a safe space to acknowledge their grief, pain, or fear in this season of hope.

Click here to join us on Zoom.