Christmas

Elizabeth's New Album and the Journey of The Arrival

These last two Sundays marked the beginning of our Advent journey called The Arrival. This series was crafted around the new musical work by Elizabeth, our Pastor of Worship, and the traditional themes that mark the Advent journey. Her album is available for purchase here and details about her Bay Area Christmas Concert on December 12 are here. Elizabeth writes this about her album:

ehunnicuttsmAs I planned for this record I had a desire to not only sing Christmas songs, but also songs for the season of Advent – a season of longing and waiting. Though Christ has already come, we remain in a world that is not yet perfect. We long for things to be made right, and for the day when Christ will come again. “The Arrival” is a mix of both songs that cry out for things to be restored, and songs that celebrate that God is now with us. Half of the songs on the album originals and the other half are remakes of some of my personal Christmas favorites, including “O Holy Night.”

As Elizabeth notes, there exists a tension between what's already happened (Jesus' birth) and what is yet to come (the world being made right). This is the mystery and beauty of Advent, an integral part of our dream to see heaven and earth woven together again.

Each week throughout our teaching series, we've paired a theme or characteristic of Advent with Scripture using a guiding song from Elizabeth's album. In this way, Elizabeth's album is more than the soundtrack or accompaniment to our Advent journey; the journey has actually been shaped by the music that's been stirring throughout her creative process.

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We'll be singing and learning from these songs together as we move towards Christmas and we'd love for you to journey through this season using Elizabeth's album as a key resource. It will shape our collective journey as well as your personal journey towards Christmas and the reality of the world God is creating through Jesus.

The Arrival of The Arrival

This Sunday marks the arrival of The Arrival! The Arrival is our Advent teaching series crafted to coincide with the release of Elizabeth's Advent/Christmas album of the same name.

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In this Advent journey, we'll consider what it is that we're waiting for as we approach Christmas. What is it that Jesus brought to this world and what is our role in God's unfolding arrival?

November 09 - Tenses of Advent (+ Post-Gathering Dinner at Extreme Pizza) November 16 - Presence in Distance (Isaiah 64:1-9) November 23 - Hope in Despair (Isaiah 40:1-11) November 30 - Joy in Mourning (Isaiah 61:1-11, Psalm 126) (+ Post-Gathering Open Door Square One Orientation) December 07 - Peace in Chaos (2 Samuel 7:1-16) December 12  - Elizabeth Hunnicutt Christmas Concert (Friday night, ticketed event) December 14 - Love in Apathy (Psalm 89, Luke 1:46-55) (featuring Open Door Kids!) December 21 - East Bay Service Projects + Dinner Together (Details forthcoming) December 24 - Christmas Eve Morning Service (Wednesday at 11AM)

Copies of Elizabeth's album and tickets to her December 12 Christmas concert will be sold throughout the Advent season at Open Door.