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Advent is here!
Advent is the first season of the Church year, a 4 week period leading up to Christmas Day, and the 12 days of Christmas which ends on Epiphany Day, January 6, a Sunday this year.
Advent means “appearing” and we hear many different readings each year, but always in the same order, the first Sunday about the end of time when Christ will come again. The second and third Sunday are about John the Baptist who points out the Christ to the world; and finally on the fourth Sunday we hear from and about Mary. Then we are ready to welcome the Christ child on Christmas Eve.
Our Sunday worship theme for Advent is “Caught In-Between” as we disciples of Christ live in-between his already having come and his promised coming again; we are caught, with Christ here but not yet fully here.
Instead of a mid-week Advent worship, this year we are trying something new, a devotional for you to use at home or work; with friends, family or on your own, with an added opportunity to participate with Pastor Angela in a recorded on-line as she leads us through the devotional booklet each week.
You can watch or simply use the devotional booklet alone.
The PDF is linked here. The Gifts of Advent 1
To view the Advent Devotion, go to our YouTube Channel or use the direct link here.
We light the candles of the Advent wreath each week in worship, and prepare for Christ’s appearing. You too can have a simple wreath at home, with battery candles or real ones, and can light one each week.
Disciples learn, read scripture, pray, prepare for worship and for Christ’s coming again. I invite you to spend some time this Advent preparing your heart, home, life, for the coming again of Christ.