What is Advent?
(From the PCA Committee on Discipleship Ministries)
Advent is a time to reflect on the truth revealed by the Apostle John: God so loved the world that he gave his only son (John 3:16). “Advent” means the arrival of a notable person or event, and in the four weeks before Christmas, were member how Christ came to save us. Mankind’s rebellion caused separation and spiritual darkness; yet in the birth of Jesus, the Light of the World dispels the darkness and restores mankind’s relationship with God.
The light of the Advent candles are a testimony to the light Christ brings to a fallen world. The purple candles remind us of the royal status of the King of kings, who set aside the privileges of being the Son of God and took the form of a servant in human flesh. He humbled himself because he loved us. The birth of Jesus, the Light of the World dispels the darkness
We light a pink candle (the “joy candle”) on the third week of Advent. This color reminds us of the joy of the season, as God demonstrates his love in such a wonderful way. To those who receive him, he gives the right to become children of God (John 1:12). We experience deep and unshakable joy because he loved us.
We light the white candle (the “Christ candle”) on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This color reminds us of the purity of Christ, whose perfect sacrifice brings peace between God and man. For those who trust in what Christ has done, the crimson stain of sin is made white like snow (Isaiah 1:18). We are spiritually clean because he loved us.
In the weeks preceding Christmas, many people celebrate sentimental expressions of love. Christians move beyond mere sentimentalism. We love from the firm foundation of experiencing the love of God in Christ. His love colors and shapes every aspect of life. In him, we demonstrate humility and joy. Cleansing cannot come from saying the right thing or doing the right thing. Justification is by faith alone.
LIST OF EVENTS
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we hope that you will join us as we celebrate this Advent and Christmas season.
- Annual Chili Supper | Friday, December 1 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Enjoy a bowl of chili (or two!) and singing at one of Faith's most beloved traditions! Contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Children's Singing | Sunday, December 10 at 11:00 AM
Children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to sing Christmas songs in the service on December 10. They will be practicing each week during the Sunday school hour (9:45 AM on Sunday morning) between now and then. Contact Stephanie at email@example.com for more information.
- Christmas Cantata | Sunday, December 17 at the 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM worship services
The choir will present a Christmas Cantata.
- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service | Sunday, December 24 @ 7:00 PM
A beautiful service full of traditional Christmas carols and celebrating the joy of Christmas.
Free bound and printed copies of the Advent devotional are available at Faith on the tables outside the sanctuary and in the Welcome Center, or you can download an electronic copy here:
Please note: Sign-up may be required. Spotify is a free online streaming music platform that allows users to listen to songs on demand over the Internet while still paying artists for the use of these tracks.