Madison Christian Community

Advent Lutheran Church, ELCA

Sunday Worship
Worship at 10:15 am. Education at 9:00 am
12/16 – 3rd Sunday of Advent
Children- & Youth-led shared MCC worship
Micah 5 & 6, Luke 1:5-25, 57-80

12/23 – 4th Sunday of Advent
Advent+Plus liturgy with communion
Jesus’ Birth Announced (Luke 1:26-55)

12/24 – Christmas Eve
Shared MCC worship services of carols, candle lighting,
and communion at 4:00 & 7:30

12/25 – Christmas Day
Shared MCC worship 10:15 in the Covenant Room

12/30 – 1st Sunday of Christmas
Shared MCC worship & carol sing

1/6 – Epiphany
Shared MCC choral service

Narrative Lectionary in 2018-2019
After a first encounter with the Narrative Lectionary during last program year, the Worship Teams have decided to use it for a second year. The Narrative Lectionary is a set of Bible readings that follows God's story from the start through the Bible. This year we'll be following readings for the Year of Luke. Like last year, our reading each week until Christmas will come from the Old Testament. From Christmas through Easter, we'll hear Jesus' story from Luke. Then until Pentecost, we'll hear of the early church.

To see the outline for the whole year (but note it has 2016/17 dates), you can visit this page. For general information and Narrative Lectionary FAQ, visit https://www.workingpreacher.org/narrative_faqs.aspx.

Up-Down-Up-Down?
Your Advent Worship Team recently had conversation about our capabilities and how we engage worship. We want you to remember that we stand and sit in worship for both theological and human reasons, but that you are always welcome to join in body and spirit however is best for you. Please stand, sit, laugh, cry, reflect, and participate in whatever way you need within the worship service.

This reality is simply an extension of what we already recognize with children: that each of us engages worship in the way that is appropriate for us. For that reason, children’s activity tables are in the front of the worship space for children to be part of the assembly and meeting God not only with their ears and voices, but also with their creativity. There are also books and more to help active bodies stay part of the gathering. (And, of course, there’s staffed nursery care for age 5 and under when it’s most appropriate to have a break from worship!)

"What Does This Mean?"
Having marked the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation when Martin Luther nailed 95 points of discussion on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany on Oct. 31, 1517, we proceeded through a “back to basics” of Luther’s way of teaching the faith through his Small Catechism. You can open a copy (click here) with reflection questions that we printed in weekly bulletins of Advent Lutheran. You can also download an app here. (Luther would be all for it – he used the newest technology of his time and had posters printed to be hung in family homes.)

Worship at Advent LutheranAdvent Worship Services
10:15 am During the School Year
  9:30 am Memorial Day-Labor Day

Weekly worship at Advent Lutheran is a vibrant experience, engaging our passions and concerns and faithful pondering, yet in a fairly casual setting with the sounds of children constantly bubbling around us. Our worship is enriched by a wide variety of volunteer musicians on piano, guitars, handchimes, congas, tambourine, flute, banjo, voice, and an occasional harmonica. Our beautiful and adaptable worship space in the Blessing Room is enhanced by designs from our Liturgical Arts Team.

Services at Advent generally follow the historic liturgy of the church, and Advent uses a wide variety of liturgies for worship:

  • both new and “classic” settings from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal, including the Spanish of setting 7

  • Now the Feast and Celebration by Marty Haugen

  • the Earthkeeping liturgy by Dakota Road

  • the old favorite Chicago Folk Mass

  • plus some of our own creations, like the African Song celebration (with drumming), a setting composed by our own Tom Hind, a Creation-oriented liturgy, one built around materials from the Iona Community, and more

Also about once a month, we share worship services with our partner congregation, Community of Hope UCC.  These services are typically a blend of styles and formats and may include Holy Week services, Lenten and summer outdoor midweek worship, festivals for Confirmation and celebrating Sunday School students, the “God’s Work. Our Hands” day of service, ecumenical occasions, and more.

Top Ten Things to Know About Advent
10. Advent is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

  9. Advent Lutheran and Community of Hope, a United Church in Christ
      congregation, are in a partnership called Madison Christian Community.

  8. A variety of worship settings are used and the congregation can sing in
      four part harmony.

  7. The use of inclusive language in worship is valued.

  6. Families with young children are welcome at worship and children
      may receive Holy Communion at an early age.

  5. Advent is a Reconciling in Christ congregation meaning we’re officially
      registered as openly welcoming for the LGBT community. We’re not only
     “officially registered,” though, we’re a place that people describe as the most
     welcoming and comfortable church they’ve ever known. More information
     about this at the top right of this page. Reconciling in Christ

  4. A "culture of commitment" is fostered by the practice of renewing
      membership annually.

  3. People of Advent are not threatened by change and seek new ways
      of being faithful to God.

  2. Members of Advent are scattered throughout the greater Madison area

  1. Members of Advent are encouraged to identify their spiritual gifts
      and use them in service.

Mission Statement
We, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them. Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with filial affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.
Romans 12:5-6a, 9-13


Epiphany Choir in Worship January 2018Choir

Weekly Bible Readings
Within the Worship-to-Go booklet are some general Bible reading options, but if you’d specifically like to connect with what is read in worship and reflect on those.

Reconciling in ChristWhat is “Reconciling in Christ”?
The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations and other Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people by having a statement affirming this (specifically welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities) are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster, which now exceeds 700 settings. For more information, visit http://www.reconcilingworks.org/


Sermons & Worship
If you’re wondering what preaching is like in our congregation, or if you missed a sermon, or want to hear it again or share it with others, you can find past transcripts and sound recordings here.

Several Links for Worship
https://www.workingpreacher.org/ A website supported by Luther Seminary offers reflections on the weekly readings.

Worship Resources  from Working Preacher

https://freedfromfreedfor.org/ A blog of prayers, hymns, and resources for the Narrative Lectionary

http://elca.org/worship Explanations and materials from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)


http://textweek.com/ A clearing-house website with myriad resources on the lectionary.

http://www.letallcreationpraise.org/  Pastor Nick helps administer this website on worshiping God with creation.

http://www.enterthebible.org/ Some good Bible background


Advent Lutheran, ELCATransplanted for Mission:
A History of Advent Lutheran Church, 1960-2010
In the early years, Advent was modest by necessity. Advent is now modest by choice because of its commitment to supporting other ministries with its dollars. Advent, after thought, conversation, study and prayer, has the courage to venture in new directions. In many respects Advent has been a countercultural community and for this reason the congregation will continue to draw people who have lost faith in the false promises of the world into this community of believers in the Triune God.

To download the full transcript of "Transplanted for Mission" click here.






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