Our Advent Theme - How Does A Weary World Rejoice

November 28, 2023

Our Advent theme this year is a series from Sanctified Art inspired by the stories in Luke 1-3 and the question, How does a weary world rejoice? In each week of our series, we respond to this question with a statement inspired by our scriptures. These texts bring us into a space of possibility; in them, we find rhythms for rejoicing, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Each weekly sub-theme is a “we” statement because joy is deeply relational and rooted in the fact that we belong to God. As we move through our series, we hope to create space for acknowledging the weariness of our world while celebrating God’s closeness with great joy.

  • Advent #1: How does a weary world rejoice? We acknowledge our weariness. (Luke 1:1-23)

  • Advent #2: How does a weary world rejoice? We find joy in connection. (Luke 1:24-45)

  • Advent #3: How does a weary world rejoice? We allow ourselves to be amazed. (Luke 1:57-66)

  • Advent #4: How does a weary world rejoice? We sing stories of hope. (Luke 1:46-55 / Luke 1:67-80)

  • Christmas Eve: How does a weary world rejoice? We make room. (Luke 2:1-20)

  • First Sunday after Christmas: How does a weary world rejoice? We root ourselves in ritual. (Luke 2:21-38)

  • Epiphany Sunday: How does a weary world rejoice? We trust our belovedness. (Luke 3:21-22)

And so, this Advent, we will hold space for our weariness and our joy. We will seek a “thrill of hope” in our hurting world. We will welcome joy—even, and especially if, like the prophet Isaiah, we cry out for comfort (Isaiah 40:1). In this weary world, may we find many ways to rejoice.

Throughout the series, there will be daily social media posts on Calvary’s Facebook and Instagram page, as well as devotionals sent through our E-news. Make sure you have liked Calvary’s Facebook page (@CalvaryBaptistChurchofDenver) and followed Calvary’s Instagram page (@calvarybaptistdenver), as well as signed up for our E-news, to make the most of these resources throughout the season.

Category: Worship
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