Advent

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given” -Isaiah 9:6

 December 1st marks the beginning of the Advent Season, which extends through four Sundays to Christmas Eve. We hope as a church to both enter into the story of Jesus during these weeks and have His story enter ours. Advent is a season of hope, of light, of remembrance and anticipation.

We heartily commend joyful participation in the rhythms of Advent, and encourage folks to consider joining with one another in the following ways.

  •  Participate in Sunday worship service: Whether you have come regularly or not, enter this season by renewing covenant with your God Sunday mornings. Scripture readings reveal prophesies of Jesus birth and His fulfillment with promises of return, songs give language and music to Advent, and we will feast together at His Table.
  •  Read Scripture & pray together: See TPC’s “Meaning of Advent” as a resource for this practice. Read and discuss one of the passages each day. Include prayers like this traditional Advent prayer, “Almighty God, give us grace, that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.”
  • Sing: Enjoy familiar songs and learn a few new ones. Title’s are listed in our “Meaning of Advent” resource, or can be found in hymnals or sites like hymnary.org
  • Advent Wreath: Each Sunday of Advent we read a passage of Scripture and light a candle on the advent wreath. This link provides some history, meaning of the wreath and each candle and more. Go ahead, make or buy one for your own home!
  • Advent Calendar:  Again, this site contains helpful information on calendars, which can easily be made or purchased.

In Advent we remember that Jesus has come, Emmanuel, God with us. And we look forward with eager anticipation when Christ will return to set things aright, finally and fully. And we live daily in light of His coming to us through His Holy Spirit, to comfort and to guide. This is the Advent season, rhythms that draw us into His story. Participate this season with great joy as we look to Jesus, whose name is called, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end.” Amen. Come Lord Jesus.