Advent: a time of waiting, preparing, and watching for the entrance of God into the world!
Advent, from the Latin adventus, which means “coming,” is a very special time of year, a “set-apart” time. When the rest of our culture is rushing about with Christmas parties and shopping, Advent provides people of faith a time of pause, of preparation for the coming of Christ into our world.
Our Advent theme this year is Anticipation. Anticipation is defined by Wikipedia as “being enthusiastic, is an emotioninvolving pleasure, excitement, and sometimes anxietyin considering some expectedor longed-for goodevent.” Dictionary.com extends the definition by adding that anticipation is “realization in advance; foretaste.” Advent isanticipation. The anticipation that is so visible this time of year on children’s faces as they eagerly await Christmas morning, but also all those deep feelings that come with waiting for a longed-for encounter with Christ, that foretaste of what we can know of God through the gift of Christ.
Worship Highlights for December 2018
December 2: 1stSunday of Advent “Anticipating the Promise” is the theme today as we look at Jeremiah’s statement, “The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made.” Scriptures for this morning will be Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Psalm 25:1-10. We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Baptism as well as The Lord’s Supper.
December 9: 2ndSunday of Advent “Anticipating the Prophecy” is the title of our sermon as we think about the messenger, who has come to prepare us for Christ’s coming into our world, and the message that messenger brings. We’ll light the second Advent candle and prepare ourselves for greeting the glory of God’s incarnation in Christ through the sharing in the Lord’s Supper. Scriptures for today are Malachi 3:1-4 and Luke 3:1-6
December 16: 3rdSunday of Advent Children’s Christmas Pageant Please join us in worship this morning as our children and youth give us the opportunity to hear again, in child-like wonder, those amazing words “unto you is born this day, in the city of David. . .” Worship will include the lighting of our 3rdAdvent candle and the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
December 23: 4thSunday of Advent – Choir Christmas Cantata As the days count down toward Christmas and your calendar fills with holiday concerts and parties and events, are you watching for a miracle? Do you greet each morning with a sense of growing exhaustion or with joyous anticipation? “Anticipate the Coming”is the theme for today’s service as we light our 4th Advent candle, again feast together at the Lord’s Table, and here the story of Christ’s coming into our world through the music of our choir.
December 24: Christmas Eve
4:30 pm: Celebrate the birth of our Lord with your church family and join us for this beautiful Candlelight Communion Service filled with joy, Christmas Carols, and wonder as we celebrate the coming of God into our world. Share in the hushed awe as we stand again in the presence of the miracle, singing “Silent Night, Holy Night”in a sanctuary lit by the glow of our candles. Don’t miss this sacred time on this Holy day!
9:00 pm: We’ll gather together in the chapel to share in Christmas readings, favorite carols and candlelight as we prepare to greet Christmas morn singing, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king!” If you listen carefully, you may just hear a heavenly chorus join in, celebrating God’s love that is born, on this day, for each of us.
December 30: 1stSunday of Christmastide Join us in a special service of Lessons and Carols telling again, from God’s word, the Christmas message woven with many of your favorite Christmas Carols, as we rejoice in the wonder of God’s love, made incarnate in Jesus, our Christ.