At the crossroad of V and New Hampshire Streets, Augustana welcomes everyone. Sundays gather an inter-racial, inter-cultural, GLBT-plus group of intergenerational urban and suburban singles and families. A Crossroad Center throughout the week, Augustana is a place where neighbors can gather.
Child care in our nursery for children up to age 5 is provided during Sunday worship and special events.
For visitors, a greeting from the pastor
Get to know the fun inviting people of Augustana by joining us at our Happy Hours typically the 3rd Friday of the month. At Sunday social hours, monthly happy hours, or at meetings where young adults lead the church, you are invited to see for yourself the bustling and growing congregation.
Advent is the first season of the new liturgical year (Happy New Year!). After celebrating the last Sunday in Pentecost, Christ the King Sunday, we quickly realize that the world is not what it is supposed to be. The crucified one does not yet reign and the kingdom of God seems more distant than ever. Just coming out of a contentious election with a surprise result, Advent is the perfect season for this time of year.
During Advent we turn a sharp eye inwardly and at the world acknowledging that darkness is yet again trying to overtake us. But we acknowledge this not in despair, but as a hope-full people.
On Nov 27, we remind ourselves that truly Christ will come again and his return will be unexpected. In a time when it’s easy to get disheartened, we are called to stay alert and expectant.
On Dec 4, we further cling to that hope as we set our hearts on God’s promised future that Christ’s return will usher; a future where the “wolf shall live with the lamb” and all people shall “live in harmony with one another.”
Emboldened by God’s hope-filled future, on Dec 11, we are then ready to sing and rejoice with Mary’s Magnificat in the midst of growing darkness confident that God will triumph.
And finally, on Dec 18, our vision becomes clearer as we know what we’re expecting, not a new program or politician or product to come and save us, but a sign that says, “God is with us” and for us.
And when God comes we will rejoice that the “light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:5).
Yes, Advent is perfect for such a time as this for it is filled with hope ; an honest hope, a Christ-filled hope.