Each September during Homecoming worship, AHCC clergy reveal the theme they have carefully and prayerfully discerned will guide worship, programs and events for the program year (September – June). These themes are meant to offer people both focus and freedom; it focuses the community on a common vision while at the same time gives each person the freedom to explore what God is revealing to us as individuals.
To Know and Be Known
The theme for the 2023-24 program year is “To Know and Be Known.” As human beings we are wired for connection. Jesus understood our need to connect, not on a superficial level, but deeply and authentically. Jesus spent most of his time connecting and ministering to others – many times with those society had cast aside. It is by Christ’s example that we will be guided in our ministries this year – to be vulnerable and trusting as we share our innermost thoughts and to be open to listening to those of others.
Some past themes have been “On Earth As It Is In Heaven” (2022-23) as we endeavored to bring about God’s vision for us into the world; “Making All Things New” (2021-22) which comes from the Book of Revelation and tells the story of John’s apocalyptic prophecy; “For Such a Time As This” (2020-21) inspired by the story of Esther, a young Jewish woman who finds favor with the king, becomes queen, and risks her life to save the Jewish people; and “Wading Into Deeper Waters” (2019-20) from the book of Isaiah and the promise that God is with us through trials and difficulties.