Advent

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:5

This Advent season we’ll explore the Advent Credo (see below) through sermons, worship and music. Sundays our musical ensembles will draw from music traditions born in Africa. Highlights include:

  • The bell choir playing Siyahamba, a South African freedom song expressing the hope that comes from singing (ringing!) in solidarity.
  • The Choristers, Seraphim, and Abbies collaborating on Gospel music giant Andraé Crouch’s Soon and Very Soon with a newly penned seasonal text.
  • The Global Choir exploring world music.
  • The Westminster Choir singing Brad Holmes’ Noel with percussion, joyous claps, and stomps on Christmas Festival Sunday as well as collaborating with renowned Twin Cities vocalist Alyssa Schwitzer on Mark Hayes’ arrangement of Jesus, What a Wonderful Child.

Advent Credo, by Allan Boesak, South Africa

It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss—

This is true: For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life;

It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and
poverty, death and destruction—

This is true: I have come that they may have life, and that abundantly.

It is not true that violence and hatred should have the last word, and that war and destruction rule forever—

This is true: Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, his name shall be called wonderful counselor, mighty God, the Everlasting, the Prince of peace.

It is not true that we have to wait for those who are specially gifted, who are the prophets of the Church before we can be peacemakers—

This is true: I will pour out my spirit on all flesh and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions and your old men shall have dreams.

So let us enter Advent in hope, even hope against hope. Let us see visions of love and peace and justice. Let us affirm with humility, with joy, with faith, with courage: Jesus Christ—the life of the world.

Westminster Gallery

Now through January 7, Westminster Gallery features An Advent of Hope. The exhibition draws from Westminster’s extensive collection of art and includes selections from the Martha Spencer Rogers Crèche Collection and the collection of Magi given by Susan McKinley. More.

Advent Events

Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve Worship

10:30 am | Worship
Rev. Sarah Brouwer will preach, Westminster Choir section leaders will sing.

4:00 pm | Pageant
All children and youth choirs and instrumental ensembles will delight us in song.

8:00 and 10:00 pm
Candelight Services

The Westminster Choir will be joined by a string quartet in John Rutter’s Shepherd’s Pipe Carol and Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium. A 20-minute prelude precedes each evening service.