When we think of the Christmas season we often think of music, gifts, special time with family and friends. Christians appreciate the season as a time to rejoice. Christmas celebrates God’s ultimate gift, the birth of Jesus Christ – our Lord and Savior.
Many Christians also observe Advent for roughly four weeks leading up to Christmas day. This is a time to reflect and prepare for commemoration of the Nativity (birth of Christ). Advent is also a time of anticipation – for the expected return of Christ the King.
The four Sundays of Advent each have a specific focus. Christians observe these focus themes to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. The first Sunday of Advent celebrates the Hope that we can find and trust in Jesus. The second Sunday of Advent focuses on preparation, or waiting for prophecy. The third Sunday of Advent celebrates joy (or peace). The fourth Sunday’s focus is love.
Christmas celebrates the ultimate gift of love by celebrating the moment in history when prophecy was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus, the arrival of the Messiah. When Jesus came to earth everything changed. Hope and salvation – forgiveness and redemption – had arrived.
We hope you experience the love and joy of the meaning behind the season this Christmas. We welcome you to visit us on Sundays and Christmas Eve.