Advent- How does a weary world rejoice?
Every Sunday from 12/03/2023 to 12/24/2023
2023 Advent Theme: How Does a Weary World Rejoice?
Christ was born into a weary world. King Herod ruled the land with a legacy of ruthlessness. The Romans
treated the people of Israel with contempt, imposing harsh taxes and land seizures that forced many into
subsistence farming. Poverty and destitution were pervasive. And yet, Christ was born, bringing good news of
great joy for all people.
As Advent comes again to a weary world, we ask, “How does a weary world rejoice?” From the opening
chapters of Luke’s Gospel, we have found a few answers: we acknowledge our weariness, we find joy in
connection, we allow ourselves to be amazed, we sing stories of hope, we make room, we root ourselves in
ritual, and most importantly, we trust our belovedness. In the parallel birth stories of Jesus and John, joy arrives
despite trepidation, fear, or grief. In these stories, we find rhythms for rejoicing. 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.
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 if, like the prophet Isaiah, we cry out for comfort (Isaiah 40:1). In this
weary world, may we find many ways to rejoice.