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).
The 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. You can also listen to Covenant’s Advent and Christmas CD here.
December 3: 1st Sunday of Advent. Join us for our Advent Common Ground classes: Waiting and The Once and Future King. You can download an Advent devotional guide digitally or pick up a physical copy at the Welcome Table.
December 17: 3rd Sunday of Advent.
December 24: 4th Sunday of Advent. A Service of Lessons and Carols. Only one service in the morning at 10:15 am. Nursery will be provided for children ages 0-4. No Common Ground.
At 7 pm, we’ll have our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. A nursery will be provided for children ages 0-4.
December 31: 1st Sunday of Christmastide. Only one service at 10:15 am. Nursery will be provided for children ages 0-4. No Common Ground.