As a family of faith, we commit ourselves to love and worship God.
Through our faith in Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we will serve, nurture, forgive, and embrace each other in our community and beyond.
Join us in our sanctuary for in person worship beginning Sunday, October 24, 2021, at 10:00 am Eastern. Everyone is required to wear a mask inside the building.
Or join us on the
Briargate Presbyterian Church Facebook page for livestreamed worship each Sunday morning at 10:00 am (Eastern).
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or to The Welcome Table,
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It's Advent Time!
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. Our Advent Close to Home theme from @sanctifiedart 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.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28
"If I had to describe
that aching feeling, I would say:
'Homesickness is when longing and grief
wrap themselves around you like a blanket.
It’s the door to comfort thrown open.
It’s an eye on the horizon for what could be
and the only way out is to keep walking,
to keep dreaming,
to keep looking
for signs that will point you back home.'"
— Excerpt from “Homesick” by Rev. Sarah Speed
From the Close to Home poetry collection by @sanctifiedart
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29
"In many ways, the feelings that these words evoke mirror the past almost two years of pandemic crisis—a world in turmoil suffering from disasters, both natural and human-made—speaking to the realities and injustices of a chaotic world. Thankfully, Jesus enters this world offering words, not of foreboding, but of hope to a homesick people that felt far away from God and longed to be close to kin in the middle of the crisis."
— Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri
Commentary on Luke 21:25-36 for @sanctifiedart
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30
"I think we all share a collective homesickness. It feels like nostalgia. It looks like the trauma hiding in our past. It can turn into foreboding fear that robs us of real joy. But in this image and in Jesus’ words, I see a call to resilience despite the difficult realities that confront us. I see a longing so deep that it keeps us reaching—for a home restored, for comfort renewed, for the fruit that is sure to come."
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1
"From all over the world, four faces smile into the middle of the frame. Our longing to meet face to face creates a ripple effect for community building. Inside the ripples are hands, architecture, doves, food, clothing, and education symbols to represent faith in action. The faces yearn for and inspire one another from afar, like Paul in this letter of love and faith to the people of Thessalonica."
— from the artist statement for “Yearning” by Hannah Garrity | @sanctifiedart
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2
Share a memory of feeling homesick. How did you feel? What did you yearn for? | @sanctifiedart
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3
"See fig tree leaves now sprouting
Soon summer comes again
Creation groans in labor
For God’s reign to begin
We wait with bated breath
Homesick for God’s true kin-dom
Age without hate or death"
— from "See Fig Tree Leaves Now Sprouting" by Anna Strickland for @sanctifiedart
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4
Nourish and sustain yourself with rest. What Sabbath activity will you commit to today? | @sanctifiedart
The Welcome Table
Briargate PC is active in the Hunger Ministry. The Welcome Table provides hot meals free of charge for all, each Tuesday evening between 5:30-6:30 pm. Due to COVID-19 we are currently serving individual meals packs to go and delivered to you in our parking lot.
Livestream worship is on the Briargate Presbyterian Church Facebook page at 10:00 am (and recorded for you to watch at your convenience)
Briargate Presbyterian Church has been serving the neighborhood for more than 60 years.
We are part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky.
We are also a Matthew 25 church which is based on Matthew 25: 31-46 and calls all of us to become fearless disciples and actively engage in our community and in the world. Won't you join us? Check us out on Facebook at Briargate Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Kentucky.
“Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”