Advent: A season of anticipation
What is Advent?
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 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. From the PCA Committee on Discipleship Ministries.
Celebrating Advent @ Grace
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.
Sunday Worship Services | Each Sunday at 10:30 am.
During the season of Advent, our worship services will have Christmas songs, Advent readings, the lighting of the Advent wreath, and a sermon series on the Mothers of Jesus. Click here for more information.
Student Ministry Christmas Party | Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30 pm.
Students 7th-12th grade are invited to join our annual Christmas party! Contact Click here for more information.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service | Thursday, December 24 @ 4:30 and 6:00 pm.
A beautiful service full of traditional Christmas carols and celebrating the joy of Christmas. Click here for more information.
Here are some suggested resources for you and your family to celebrate Advent this year!
- The Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Guide: This Advent Guide includes a reading guide, printable ornaments, activity ideas, a note for parents, and a special introduction from Sally Lloyd Jones, and new coloring pages and printables.
- The Jesus Storybook Bible traces Advent as you look more closely at the beautiful story of God’s great love for us–from the very beginnings of the universe to the birth of the baby who would rescue the whole world.
- Advent Guide: This guide from The Village Church serves as an introduction to the Advent season to awaken the angst of waiting, longing, and yearning for Christ. It consists of five weeks of material with each week containing a personal devotional, group devotional, and family devotional.