All Are Welcome!
In the Spirit of Jesus, we affirm diversity in the Body of Christ as a gift from God, including all ages, races, abilities, religious and denominational backgrounds, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientations. Advent is a Reconciling in Christ congregation.
As a congregation that has committed to offer sanctuary, we trust in God embracing all of us regardless of ethnic or national identity, citizenship status, legal standing, or criminal history.
Weekly worship at Advent Lutheran is a vibrant experience, engaging our passions and concerns and faithful pondering, yet in a fairly casual setting with the sounds of children constantly bubbling around us. Our worship is enriched by a wide variety of volunteer musicians on piano, guitars, handchimes, congas, tambourine, flute, banjo, and vocals.
Services at Advent generally follow the historic liturgy of the church, and Advent uses a wide variety of liturgies for worship: both new and “classic” settings from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal, including the Spanish of setting 7, Now the Feast and Celebration by Marty Haugen, the Earthkeeping liturgy by Dakota Road, Heartland by Jonathan Rundman, the old favorite Chicago Folk Mass, plus some of our own creations, like the African Song celebration (with drumming), a setting composed by our own Tom Hind, a Creation-oriented liturgy, one built around materials from the Iona Community, and more.
Also about once a month, we share worship services with our partner congregation, Community of Hope UCC. These services are typically a blend of styles and formats and may include Holy Week services, Lenten and summer outdoor midweek worship, festivals for Confirmation and celebrating Sunday School students, the “God’s Work. Our Hands” day of service, ecumenical occasions, and more.
If you’re wondering what preaching is like in our congregation, or if you missed a sermon, or want to hear it again or share it with others, you can find past transcripts here. Or watch past services on our YouTube channel.
The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations and other Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people by having a statement affirming this (specifically welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities) are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster, which now exceeds 700 settings. For more information, visit http://www.reconcilingworks.org/
Besides our partnership with Community of Hope UCC, Advent Lutheran is connected to the larger Lutheran church body. We are one of 138 congregations of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin (https://scsw-elca.org/), which is one of 65 synods or regional bodies in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (https://elca.org/). The ELCA also stands in relationships with the Lutheran World Federation (https://www.lutheranworld.org/). Though Advent has much of its own character, you could still learn more about us by exploring those pages for our broader relationships and larger ministry of Lutherans.