Advent marks the beginning of a new church year. Advent means “coming” and it’s the name of the the four-week period before Christmas when the church remembers Jesus’ first coming and looks forward to his return.
Advent celebrates the mystery of God’s incarnation in the person of Jesus Christ. As John says in his Gospel, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1.14).
The mood of Advent is that of longing, of expectation, and of waiting. Advent is a time when we yearn for Jesus as the world’s anointed King to come back and make it right. The cry of Advent is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of sin and injustice in a world under curse, and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who hears their cries. It is a time of repentance and a time of faith as we prepare for God to reorder His creation and redeem His people. We join the Apostle John in praying, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22.20).
Below are many ways to celebrate Advent with us. Additionally, the pastoral staff has created an Advent devotional guide for the season. You can download a digital copy or pick up a printed version on the Welcome Table.
December 3: 1st Sunday of Advent
December 10: 2nd Sunday of Advent
Join us for Midnight Clear at 6 pm. You can find additional details on the Midnight Clear event page.
December 17: 3rd Sunday of Advent
A service of Lessons and Carols in both services.
December 15 and 16: Breakthrough Christmas Store
Volunteer to help run Breakthrough’s Christmas Store. Additional details can be found on the event page.
December 24: 4th Sunday of Advent
We will have an Advent service at 10:45 am. There will be no 9 am service.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
At 7 pm. Childcare is available for children 3 & under.
December 31: First Sunday of Christmastide
Only one service at 10:45 am.