Advent at Redmond umc

  • Prepare for advent

    Pick up the devotional booklet in worship on Sunday, Nov 21 or coordinate with Debbi in the office:


    Wed evenings | 7:30 p.m. | on zoom

    Visio Divina or Sacred Seeing is one way to connect to God. If you have been moved by nature, artwork or a photo, join us for a time of deeper reflection on the ways we see God in the world. We will be guided by the artists in our worship series from A Sanctified Art

  • the first sunday of advent

    November 28 | 10 a.m. | in the sanctuary and online

    As we begin Advent with the “Little Apocalypse” in Luke 21, we remember how far from home we are. The world is not as it should be. Many have lost their physical homes, many feel alone, and many are isolated. Many of us feel as if we are wandering with no clear way forward. This first week speaks to our deep longing—for our home to be made whole, made right, and made well. With deep longing, we watch for God. Thankfully, God enters a homesick world.

  • the second SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    December 5 | 10 a.m. | in the sanctuary and online

    In the miraculous birth of John the Baptist, we see the foundation of what is to come. We see how interwoven his story is with Jesus’ origin story. When Zechariah regains his voice, his imagination is also restored. He offers deep praise for God’s tender mercy, and casts a hopeful vision for his own child. He sings blessings into John’s being. This lays the foundation for John’s life. In turn, John will go on to prepare the way for Jesus who will guide us all in the way of peace. In this week, we focus on making space—in our lives and our imaginations—for God’s blessings to break through.

  • the third SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    December 12 | 10 a.m. | in the sanctuary and online

    John the Baptist’s good news sounds harsh, but he preaches a home for all—where inequities are banished, valleys are lifted up, and all have the resources they need for collective flourishing. Ultimately, John’s message is one of joy. We are called to collectively build and repair the structures of our society; we are called to be kin-dom builders. Wherever we build, God is there. What we build should be a place with a large table and room for all.

  • the fourth SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    December 19 | 10 a.m. | in the sanctuary and online

    After receiving the angel’s extraordinary news, Mary retreats to Elizabeth and Zechariah’s home to digest her new calling. She seeks refuge—physical safety and emotional protection. She receives a safe haven, a home for her heart to soon sing praise. Sanctuary and safe space is so crucial for everyone, especially the mother of Christ while she prepares to become a home for God. Sanctuary is anywhere God’s love dwells freely and abundantly.

  • The longest night

    December 21 | 7 p.m. | in the sanctuary and online

    This creative worship service is designed to create sacred space for the grief, longing, and heartache that feels close to home—especially during the holiday season.

  • christmas eve family service

    December 24 | 7 p.m. | in the sanctuary and online

    Experience the Christmas story with joy and excitement as we weave pageant together with songs and scripture.

  • christmas eve candlelight service

    December 24 | 11 p.m. | in the sanctuary and online

    We come to this night with awe, wonder and holy imagination for what is possible as we hear the story of Christ’s birth through carols, Scripture and the light of Christ. Like Mary, we treasure God’s dream in our hearts and commit to keeping it alive. Share in the sacred tradition of ushering in Christmas day with Silent Night and the ringing of the bell.