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Advent & Christmas at RBC

From SALT: God becoming incarnate in a human being is too astounding, too dazzling, too impossible an event to merely celebrate on a single day. Poetry (and podcasts!) can help – and the Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama’s beloved podcast, “Poetry Unbound,” is an inspiring case in point: evocative, accessible poems illuminated with sensitivity and insight by Ó Tuama’s commentary. 

In our Advent and Christmas devotional and worship services, we let scripture and “Poetry Unbound” be our guides, together pointing us toward weekly practices that can help deepen and enrich our experience of the season – a perfect way to prepare for the hope, peace, joy, and love of Christmas day. Each week, we’ll hear a poem in worship that connects to our theme of the week–hope, peace, joy, love, Christ.

So grab a Bible and your favorite way of listening to the “Poetry Unbound” podcast (the poems and episode transcripts can also be read online). Week by week, poem by poem, we’ll wait and prepare and listen and sing, unbinding the season – and with God’s help, unbinding our hearts – along the way.

We also begin our new lectionary for Sunday worship: A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church, Year W, by Dr. Wilda Gafney. If you would like a copy, please contact Cathy Baskin to order yours.

Nov. 28: First Sunday of Advent: 11am Worship In-person+Livestream

  • Advent Unbound: Hope Rev. Dr. Leah Grundset Davis, preaching
  • Genesis 16:7-13, Psalm 71:4-11, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 1:26-38

Dec. 5: Second Sunday of Advent, 11am Worship In-person+Livestream

  • Advent Unbound: Peace Rev. Dr. Leah Grundset Davis, preaching
  • Genesis 17:15-22, Psalm 78:1-7, Romans 8:18-25, Luke 1:39-45

Dec. 12: Third Sunday of Advent: 11am Worship In-person+Livestream

  • Advent Unbound: Joy Rev. Elijah Zehyoue, co-director of the Alliance of Baptists, preaching
  • Judges 13:2-7, Psalm 115:9-15, 1 John 3:1-3, Luke 1:46-56
  • 3pm Christmas Music Program

Dec. 19: Fourth Sunday of Advent: 11am Worship In-person+Livestream

  • Advent Unbound: Love Rev. Dr. Leah Grundset Davis, preaching
  • 1 Samuel 1:19-28, Canticle of Hannah: 1 Samuel 2:1-10, Titus 3:4-7, Matthew 1:18-25

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve, God is with us: 4pm Zoom Service & 5:30pm In-person+livestream (RSVPs required)

  • Isaiah 26:16-19, Psalm 68:4-13, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Luke 2:1-20

Dec. 26: First Sunday of Christmas, 11am Prerecorded Online Worship via Vimeo, Facebook, RBC website

Jan, 2: Epiphany observed, 11am Zoom Worship

  • Star Words Sunday
  • Isaiah 60:1-6, 11, Psalm 67, 2 Timothy 1:5-10, Matthew 2:1-12

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