Celebration of Advent
The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent.
The primary color of Advent is Purple, the color of royalty to welcome the Advent of the King. The purple of Advent is also the color of suffering used during the Holy Week. The nativity, the Incarnation, cannot be separated from the crucifixion, the Atonement.
Reds and Greens are also used to symbolize ongoing life and hope that Christ’s birth brings into a cold world. The church is decorated with evergreen wreaths, boughs and the Christmas tree that help to symbolize the new and everlasting life brought through Jesus the Christ. The red reminds us of the great price that was paid for our salvation, the precious blood of the Son of God.
The Advent wreath is a circular evergreen wreath with five candles, four around the wreath and one in the center. The circular shape reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning or end. The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life.
Candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His son. The four candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which themselves symbolize the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.
There are three purple candles and one pink candle. The pink candle reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world that comes into the darkness of our lives to bring newness, life, and hope. The center white candle is the Christ candle and is lighted on Christmas Eve reminding us that the incarnation is the heart of the season, giving light to the world.
1st SUNDAY of ADVENT
The First Sunday of Advent we light the Candle of Hope and remember that Christ will come again to fulfill all of God’s promises to us.
2nd SUNDAY of ADVENT
The Second Sunday of Advent we light the Candle of Peace and reflect on the gift of peace we receive as we turn to Him in faith.
3rd SUNDAY of ADVENT
The Third Sunday of Advent we light the Candle of Joy and are reminded of the joy that Mary felt when the angel Gabriel told her that a special child would be born to her – a child who would save and deliver His people.
4th SUNDAY of ADVENT
The Fourth Sunday of Advent we light the Candle of Love, which reminds us of the great love God has for us and demonstrated to us as He gave His only, begotten Son to the world to be the sacrificial Lamb slain for our sin.
Saturday December 24th
On Christmas Eve we light the white candle which represents the Light of the World, Jesus Christ our Lord.
CHRISTMAS MORNING WORSHIP
Sunday December 25th - 10:00 a.m.