WHAT IS ADVENT?
The word advent comes from a Latin root meaning coming or arrival. In our tradition, it is the preparatory and anticipatory liturgical season beginning 4 Sundays before Christmas and lasting until Christmas Eve. By the fifth century in Gaul and NW Italy, Advent was observed as a 6‐week period. It was observed as a 5‐week period in areas farther from Gaul (Spain, NE and S Italy). Eventually, in Rome, the length of Advent was further reduced to the 4 weeks which we observe today. Our secular culture emphasizes Christmas seemingly earlier each year, and often churches tend to follow suit. When Advent permeates our life in the church, the me to prepare for the birth of the Savior of the world serves to remind us to anticipate with great hope the joy and love which was given to us from our Lord so long ago.
ADVENT WORSHIP SERVICES
- BLUE CHRISTMAS
This is a special meditative service, held by Candlelight, for reflection, prayer, support and, for those requesting, anointing with oil and laying on of hands. Following an ancient practice of the Christian Church, this service offers a me of worship and prayer for those who may be struggling during this season, or who are in need of centering and peace. All are welcome to this safe space of care and prayer, to be surrounded by the warmth and love of the church community.
- WHEN HEAVEN CAME DOWN TO EARTH
In 2017 the theme was "So Hallowed and So Gracious is The Time/". In 2018 the theme was "When Heaven Came Down to Earth". This inspiring evening is full of singing, flute, handbells, organ, finger cymbals and candlelight. It is presented by the Worship committee and will includes many members of our church as participants. Readings of poetry, prose and Scripture plus hymns of light and hope will herald the Advent Season.
WHY DO WE LIGHT ADVENT CANDLES?
On the four Sundays preceding Christmas, many churches have 4 candles in a wreath or candle stand, one of which (purple ‐ hope) is lighted on the first Sunday in Advent, two (both purple ‐ hope and love) on the second Sunday, 3 (the two purple plus a pink ‐ joy) on the third Sunday and 4 (three purple ‐ hope, love, peace ‐ and one pink ‐ joy) on the fourth Sunday, suggesting the increasing anticipation of the light of Christ which will fill the world with unending life. The center white candle represents Christ’s light in the world. This tradition originated among German Lutherans and has spread widely through Christianity.
PROGRAM, MUSIC and VIDEOS From 2018 SERVICEClick on bulletin pages or photos below to bring up larger images in a separate window
(Apologies for the quality fo the music videos, it was dark in the balcony, I had the wrong glasees, and could not see the camera buttons, so with all that I was rushed)