The Christian Calendar recalls and celebrates the life and ministry of Jesus and the birth of the early church. The first season, Advent, begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day (November 27) and ends on Christmas Eve.
The word advent means "coming" or "arrival" and the focus of the season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus in his first advent and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his second advent. More than simply marking a 2,000 year-old event in history, Advent celebrates God’s plan of salvation whereby all of creation may be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ—a process in which we now participate, the consummation of which we still anticipate.
With its double focus on past and future, Advent also symbolizes our spiritual journey, as individuals and as a congregation, as we affirm that Christ has come, He is present in the world today, and He will come again in power and glory. Such a profession serves as the foundation for our biblical worldview—our desire to love God, to love our neighbor, and to be ambassadors of God’s love and truth as we live in a fallen world while anticipating our future victory. Advent is a great time of joy for us who have invited Jesus into our hearts. Many of our friends are spiritually searching and looking for their true purpose in life. Let’s invite them to come to church so that the Christ who “comes,” may come into their hearts.
“The people walking in darkness have see a great light; On those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
Christmas Eve Services
We are pleased to announce that on Christmas Eve, there will be two special services. The 6:00 pm early service will be a 30-minute interactive child-oriented service that will make it convenient for parents to return home early with their children. The 8:00 pm service will be a traditional candlelight service. Christmas Eve services are a special tradition where families and friends draw together in worship and in faith. Be sure to invite a friend or neighbor to share in our joy by inviting them to one of the services.
Christmas Day Service
On Christmas Day, we will celebrate the birth of our Savior with a single joint service and Sunday School to be held at 10:00 am in the church sanctuary.