500 years ago, Luther’s writings and actions started a dialogue that changed the course of religious and cultural history in the West. As a congregation, we are putting our energy into great gatherings for members and visitors to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Please join us for one or for all of the events celebrating these 500 years.
Sunday mornings, 9:30 A.M., beginning September 17 for seven sessions. Like the Small Catechism itself, this course aims to create and nurture faith in God. It is for adults who have never encountered the Small Catechism, and it is for adults who studied and memorized it as adolescents or teens. It is for people who may wish to join our congregation. It is for those who find scripture to be an inaccessible forest of words, the Creed and Lord’s Prayer to be rote exercise, the sacraments to be obscure rituals, and Martin Luther and his innovations to be largely irrelevant. It is for parents and grandparents who have promised to teach their children the faith. For those who are about to be introduced to the Small Catechism, and for those who know it well already, we hope the Holy Spirit will use this course to ignite – and reignite – in you the irrepressible spark generated still today by Luther’s poetic words. So, the purpose of this course is to create space, at least, for conversations with Luther’s Small Catechism, what Professor Hans Wiersma called“Words that work as hard as real people do.” You’re invited to the conversation!
Please join us to learn about Christianity in the Lutheran Tradition. This educational event will be held at Advent on October 15th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Guest speaker, the Rev. Diane Bowers, will join Pastor Anita Warner for the presentation and open Q&A session. Food, beverages and fellowship will follow. This is an Interfaith CommUNITY of South County sponsored event.
Advent Lutheran is pleased to announce a special Reformation Hymn Festival titled “Come, Christians, Join to Sing!” which will be held on Sunday, October 22 at 5:30 P.M. in the sanctuary of Advent Lutheran Church. The hymn festival is free and open to the public. Kyle Jones, Advent’s Director of Music and Worship Arts will be leading this unforgettable and moving musical experience. The evening will include a congregational hymn sing, focusing on a number of Martin Luther’s hymns, as well as choral anthems featuring guest organist Elisabeth Pintar, a professional brass quintet, timpani, and festival choir, including over sixty singers from eight different churches. This festival choir will be sharing many great hymns of the faith as well as premiering a new hymn and arrangements of texts both old and new that highlight the five “solas” of the reformation. In addition, original artwork inspired by these solas will be on display and shown during the hymn festival.
On October 22, we will join together at both the 8:00 A.M. and 10:45 worship services to celebrate our commitments to Advent and make our financial pledges for the upcoming year. We invite all to reflect on God’s blessings and show gratitude for everything that God has given us.
Special music and joy, preaching, prayer and communication will be part of worship services at 8:00 A.M. and 10:45 A.M. on Reformation Sunday.
Common Prayer Service will be Monday, October 30 at 7:00 P.M. at Advent and will include people and leaders from Catholic and Lutheran churches in Morgan Hill and Gilroy: St. Catherine Catholic, Advent Lutheran, St. Mary Catholic and Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.