Worship Series

2022 Lent Worship:

The past two years have been difficult for everyone. People have felt as if they are “running on empty,” trying to hold things together as we deal with the trauma left behind by not only pandemic, but discord in our country and even in our own households. The emptiness seems like a huge chasm that will never again be filled.

How do we deal with our emptiness? The lost son in the parable of the lost son faced emptiness. He cut his ties with his family, took everything that had been given to him, and ran off to fill himself with whatever he thought would make him feel good. In the end, he was left more broken and empty than he had ever been, gladly willing to eat pig-slop to fill his empty belly. When the son decides to return home, he tries to craft his own way to restoration. What he didn’t realize was that his father, who had emptied himself once for his sons, was always willing to give more.

In our emptiness, we too will find a parent God who is always running out to us to give us more: more compassion, more grace, more love.

This Lent we are offered an opportunity to face our emptiness and name it. We are offered an opportunity to hear of differing types of emptiness—beginning with our own mortality and ending with an empty tomb that helps to bring fullness back to our lives.

2021 Advent Worship:

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Join us on Sunday mornings at 10 AM and Wednesday evenings at 6 PM to explore what happens when the Word of God hits close to home.

“When something hits close to home, it affects us deeply. During the Advent and Christmas season, we journey through scriptures and rituals that are tender, heavy with emotion, and vulnerable. We carry the memories and truths of this season close to our hearts. Close to Home acknowledges the “already but not yet” tension of our faith: Emmanuel is with us, and yet, God’s promised day—our everlasting home—is not fully realized. It names our deep longing for God to come close to us.

The Advent and Christmas scriptures are rich with home metaphors and imagery. John the Baptist prophesies about the One who is to come, but reminds us that we are still wandering far from God’s promised day; his message hits close to home, especially for those experiencing inequity and oppression. After receiving the angel’s news, Mary retreats to Elizabeth’s home, seeking refuge and safety. Christ is born in the midst of a journey home, in a crowded dwelling amidst livestock and shepherds alike. The Magi travel far from home to pay homage to Christ, and, having been warned in a dream, they avoid Herod by traveling home another way. In these scriptures, home is both physical and metaphorical,
something we seek and something we are called to build. Ultimately, God is our home and resting place. God draws near and makes a home on earth—sacred ground is all around us.

Close to Home also names the pain many of us will carry into this season. The holidays can poke at our grief. Many will be missing loved ones lost to sickness and tragedy. The traumas of the pandemic will still be with us. Many will have lost homes—due to natural disasters, economic hardship, and unjust policies. Many do not feel safe in their own homes due to poor living conditions or harmful family dynamics. Many feel alone and isolated at home. Churches are discerning transitions with their physical buildings; many of our spiritual homes are changing.

This Advent, may we be comforted by the One who dwells intimately with us. May we expand safety and sanctuary for everyone wandering far from home. May we come home, wherever home is found—to live fully with joy, hope, and courage.”

–The Sanctified Art Creative Team
Lisle Gwynn Garrity, Sarah Speed
Hannah Garrity, Lauren Wright Pittman
A Sanctified Art, LLC; sanctifiedart.org

2021 Summer Worship:

“What happens when our world falls apart? How do we press
onward when our tightly-knit plans unravel into loose threads?
What do we become when our identity—or the path we’re on—
comes undone? What if all of this is not the end we fear it will be?
In our unraveling, sometimes life surprises us with unexpected
joy, love, and hope—with a new beginning we couldn’t have
imagined. Sometimes we need God to unravel us, for we long to
be changed.” –The Sanctified Art Creative Team
Lisle Gwynn Garrity, Sarah Are
Hannah Garrity, Lauren Wright Pittman
A Sanctified Art, LLC; sanctifiedart.org

The Unraveled worship series covers 13 stories of unraveled shame, identity, fear, grief, dreams, and expectations. Join us from June 5/6-August 28/29 and allow God to work change in you.

2021 Lenten Worship:

“In Lent, we’re reminded that, again and again, suffering and brokenness find us. We doubt again, we lament again, we mess up again. Again and again, the story of Jesus on the cross repeats—every time lives are taken unjustly, every time the powerful choose corruption and violence, every time individuals forget how to love. With exacerbation we exclaim, “Again?! How long, O God?” And yet, in the midst of the motion blur chaos of our lives, God offers a sacred refrain: “I choose you, I love you, I will lead you to repair.” Again and again, God breaks the cycle and offers us a new way forward.
This theme provides a clear invitation in a time when much is unclear. Even if worshiping apart, we come to God again and again with our prayers, our dreams, our hopes, and our doubts. Even if from a distance, we will continue to be community to one another—especially when it’s hard—by choosing each other over and over again. We will continue to love God with the same persistence God chooses and claims us. Our sub-theme, A Lenten Refrain, speaks to the ways God can make music of our lives. “Refrain” also reminds us that Lent is a season of abstaining from certain practices in order to take on new rhythms and habits.
In this season, we need rituals—both old and new—to remember and be transformed. Embodied practice builds muscle memory. Repetition helps retrain our neural pathways. We need the 46 days of Lent because this season shapes us into more faithful disciples. Join us this Lent as again and again, we bring all of who we are to God and trust that God will meet us, time and again, along the way.”–A Sanctified Art

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