It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner! What a special time of the year it is for Christ followers. I was excited to discover that Calvary has a long tradition of celebrating the coming of Christmas through Advent. By doing this, we are joining churches around the world in preparing our hearts for this most joyous of celebrations.

So, what exactly is “Advent?” The word “Advent” actually means “coming,” and it refers to the season of the year when churches prepare to celebrate Christ’s coming to earth. Churches participate in Advent in a variety of ways such as worshipping through Christmas carols, hanging of the green, Advent wreaths, Advent candles, Chrismon trees, and days for fasting and prayer.

Many churches, including Calvary, celebrate Advent the four Sunday’s prior to Christmas. Traditionally, there is a special Christmas Day or Christmas Eve service as well.

The Advent tradition focuses on four key themes of Christmas.

1) First Sunday: The Theme of Hope

“Christ, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27)

2) Second Sunday: The Theme of Peace

“And on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14)

3) Third Sunday: The Theme of Joy

“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people” (Luke 2:10)

4) Fourth Sunday: The Theme of Love

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son” (John 3:16)

So Calvary, as we sing, decorate, light candles, pray, and worship, may we prepare our hearts for a grand and glorious celebration this Christmas.

Expectantly – Your Pastor,

Scott

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