Madison Christian Community

Advent Lutheran Church, ELCA

Sunday Worship at 10:15 am

All services through Pentecost include communion

April 22: shared Earth Day service
Captivity and Freedom (Acts 16:16-34)

April 29: African song celebration
Live and Move and Have Our Being (Acts 17:16-31)

May 6: ELW setting #8
Partnership in the Gospel (Philippians 1:1-18a)
Larry Henning preaching, Pastor Nick at synod assembly

May 13: Now the Feast & Celebration
The Same Mind as Christ (Philippians 2:1-13)

May 20: shared MCC Pentecost worship
and end of Sunday School year celebration
(Acts 2:1-21, Philippians 4:4-7)

Narrative Lectionary
Narrative Lectionary Readings for 2017-2018: Click here.
For this program year in worship, Advent and MCC are using the Narrative Lectionary (NL), which will continue through the school year until Pentecost at the end of May. Focusing on the overarching story of scripture, the NL uses one Bible reading per week. That began in the Old Testament in the fall, and has now moved through the life of Jesus from the Gospel of John. If you’re wondering more, look in your September newsletter or visit

“The Jews”? A Note from Pastor Nick
As we proceed through the Gospel of John this year, a phrase continues to arise that may cause concern, as a total of 59 times John’s Gospel refers to “the Jews.” We’ve tried to address this in sermons, Bible study, and individual conversations, but wanted to discuss again to continue to help with understanding. Sometimes in the Gospel, this is simply a reference to a geographic group of people, actually best translated “the Judeans.” Similar to referring to “the Wisconsinites,” it would be an identifier without judgment or disparagement. In other cases, notice this is not referring to a whole religion but a small group of authorities who stood in opposition to Jesus, the entrenched hierarchy of power.

Finally, there are times that this seems to apply as a disparaging term for a broad group. In that regard, it is important to remember the Gospel was written from and for a vulnerable population of Jewish followers of Jesus who were being expelled from synagogues for following Jesus, so some of the harsher language is a response to being treated harshly. Still, we can consider this most clearly as a sibling rivalry and nothing like the anti-Semitism we recognize in our time. That discomfort and concern nevertheless points to the work not only of tolerating those of other religious beliefs but our task of tearing down walls, building bridges, and living together in love, as Christians, with Jews, and more.

"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 2018


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

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 A website supported by Luther Seminary offers reflections on the weekly readings.

Worship Resources  from Working Preacher A blog of prayers, hymns, and resources for the Narrative Lectionary Explanations and materials from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) A clearing-house website with myriad resources on the lectionary.  Pastor Nick helps administer this website on worshiping God with creation. 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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