Advent 2023: How Does a Weary World Rejoice?

An Advent Series in Luke's Gospel

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 this year, 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 Advent, we acknowledge the weariness of our world while celebrating God’s closeness with great joy.

Themes for Sundays in Advent

The First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 3Worship Service at 9:30
“We acknowledge our weariness”

The Second Sunday of Advent Dec. 10 – Worship Service at 9:30
“We find joy in connection”

The Third Sunday of Advent Dec. 17 – Worship Service at 9:30
“We allow ourselves to be amazed”

The Fourth Sunday of Advent Dec. 24 – Worship Service at 9:30
“We sing stories of hope”

Christmas Eve, Dec 24 – Worship Services
“We make room”
5:00 pm – Christmas Family Service
7:00 pm – Christmas Traditional Service

The First Sunday after Christmas Dec.31 – Worship Service at 9:30
“We root ourselves in ritual”

Baptism of the Lord Jan. 7 – Worship Service at 9:30
“We trust our belovedness”

Other Activities at WLLC in December

Dec. 2, 9:00-11:00 am – Women’s Advent Breakfast in Fellowship Hall

Dec. 3, 3:00 pm – Christmas Pageant at Prince of Life Lutheran in Oregon City

Dec. 5, 12, 19 at 6:30 pm – Holden Evening Prayer Service in sanctuary

Dec. 9, 4:00-7:00 pm – Deck the Halls Tree Decoration party

Dec. 13, 7:00 pm – Clackamas Community Band concert in sanctuary

Dec 14, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Christmas Drop-In

Dec. 21, 7:00 pm – Blue Christmas service