The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival”. The Advent Season is one of anticipation and expectancy. Our focus is on the Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ (The First Coming) and his expected return (The Second Coming).
Advent is also a period of spiritual preparation, in which each believer is to examine his or her heart to ensure readiness for the return of the Christ the King.
Advent is a time of reflection and prayer that ignites hope, peace, joy and love within us as we anticipate The Messiah’s return for us, the Church.
THE COLORS OF ADVENT
From December 4 through December 24 we will light a different candle during our morning worship service and at the 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service, and have a special moment to reflect and rejoice over what God has done through Christ in us and for us. The progression in the lighting of the candles symbolizes the light of God coming into the world through the birth of his Son and the various aspects of our waiting experience.
- December 4 – HOPE (purple candle), Isaiah 40:3 and Luke 3: 4-6
- December 11 – PEACE (purple candle), Isaiah 7:14 and Romans 15:12-13
- December 18 – JOY (pink candle), Isaiah 35:10 and Luke 2:7-14
- Christmas Eve –LOVE (purple candle) and CHRIST (white candle), Colossians 3:15 and John 3:16-17 and John 1:29
The outer candles represent the 400 years of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ. The circle of the wreath beneath the candles reminds us of God’s endless mercy, which has no beginning or end. The green of the wreath speaks of the hope, renewal, and the eternal life that we have in him.