The season of Advent begins on December 2, 2018! During this winter season, we look towards the past and the future as we anticipate the arrival of Christ. First, we look to the past: to the birth of God incarnate in a manger in Bethlehem. Second, we look to the future: to the return of the risen Christ in glory. And, always, we look to the hope that Christ embodies for ourselves and our world.
We celebrate Advent in two ways: on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday evenings.
During worship on Sunday mornings, we light the traditional Advent wreath. The four candles in the wreath represent different things in different Christian traditions. We use them to represent, on each Sunday, hope (December 2), peace (December 9), love (December 16), and joy (December 24). Of course, our preaching, hymns, and prayers also reflect the traditional Advent themes.