Advent and Christmas
Advent Begins Sunday, DECEMBER 1
Lighting the Advent Candle
December 1, December 8, December 15, December 22
Each week, a family group will light and advent candle in anticipation of Christ’s birth.
The first candle, which is blue, symbolizes hope. It is sometimes called the Prophecy Candle in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. It represents the expectation felt in anticipation of the coming Messiah.
The second candle, also blue, represents faith. It is called the “Bethlehem Candle” as a reminder of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.
The third candle is pink and symbolizes joy. It is called the “Shepherd’s Candle,” and is pink to represent joy. The third Sunday of Advent reminds us of the joy that the world experienced at the birth of Jesus.
On the fourth week of Advent, we light the final blue candle to mark the final week of prayer as we wait for the birth of our Savior. This “Angel’s Candle,” symbolizes peace. It reminds us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Men.”
Worship with the No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 22
Help us tell the story of Jesus’ birth. As we prepare for Jesus, sing and pray with us … and be a part of the Christmas story. You may be Mary, Joseph, an angel, wise person, shepherd, or stable animal. Every role plays an important part in telling this important story of our faith. The story and pageant are woven into the music and message of the story. We hope you will join us.
Services of Candlelight, Lessons and Carols
Family Service at 4 pm
Traditional Christmas Eve Services at 6 pm, 8pm