Advent is a season of waiting, expecting, and hoping.
The season of Advent begins four Sundays prior to Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve and helps us prepare for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas. During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.
First Sunday of Advent: HOPE
Sunday, December 3 | Holy Communion
Advent is a time of waiting and hoping. We wait for the day when we celebrate again the birth of Jesus. We hope that everyone will come to know God and to worship God.
Second Sunday of Advent: PEACE
Sunday, December 10 | Blessings & Carols service
9:30, 11:00 AM in Sanctuary
Our world is not always a peaceful world. But God promises peace, and we pray that we, as well as all people, will seek God’s peace.
Third Sunday of Advent: JOY
Sunday, December 17 | Special Music
8:30 AM in Sanctuary, 11:00 AM in Fellowship Hall
Joy is not the same as happy—it is a deeper feeling created by knowing that God cares for us. Joy is remembering that God sent Jesus so we would always know of God’s care. During this season, we pray that we may remember again God’s gift of Jesus to the world and know the joy that gift brings to all people.
Fourth Sunday of Advent: LOVE
Sunday, December 24 | Christmas Eve Worship
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We remember God’s love when we remember that God sent Jesus to us to help us know that God is loving and just. We pray that we may remember again God’s gift of Jesus to the world and know that God’s love for all people is the reason for this gift.