Getting Ready for Christmas
When people talk about getting ready for Christmas there is often a sense of checking off a long list of tasks that need to be completed. One of the joys of Advent is it reminds us that getting ready for Christmas isn’t about what we need to do but instead about savoring what God has already done.
Advent traditions are a way of remembering and celebrating what Christmas is all about, the hope, peace, joy, and love of Jesus.
Join us Sunday, December 3 for a family-friendly service with various ways for kids and adults to prepare for Christmas. Pastor Ernie will share a biblical message on the hope we have in Christ and we will offer a variety of ways to be involved from music to Advent & Christmas traditions.
What is Advent and why does it matter?
Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “arrival” and is the Christan season in the four weeks leading up to Christmas. It is marked as a time to prepare for and celebrate the coming arrival of Jesus at Christmas.
In America these weeks leading up to Christmas are usual marked by a mix of celebration (often with little focus on the spiritual impact of Christ in our lives) and businesses. Advent differs from this by focusing on the tension of our need for god and the great realization that in Christmas Christ came as light to the darkness. Advent is a season that focuses on slowing down and experiencing and reflecting on the hope, peace, joy, and love offered by God through the birth of Jesus.
If you feel like Christmas is something to “make it through” or are looking to draw closer to God, maybe Advent is exactly what you need! We invite you to join us Sunday mornings for reflections, celebration, and intentionally turning our hearts towards God as we prepare for Christmas.