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.
The theme for the 2021-22 program year, “Making All Things New” comes from the Book of Revelation which tells the story of John’s apocalyptic prophecy. In Greek, the word apocalypse means to uncover, reveal, lay bare, or disclose. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend our lives, we are encouraged to stay open to the ways God is working, even in the midst of struggle, sickness, and disappointment. What is God revealing to us? What is being uncovered? What is being made new? We are invited as individuals and a church family to not focus on the commercialization of the Apocalypse, but rather reflect on the true meaning of the word.
Some past themes have been “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.