This Sunday, December 2nd, marks the beginning of Advent. Some of you may be asking, "What is Advent"? Advent is a Latin word that means "coming". It is the time of year that the church sets aside to remember the coming of Christ - both his coming as a baby and also his future coming as a ruling and benevolent king.
Advent consists of four weeks - plus a final celebration on Christmas eve. Each of the weeks celebrates a different theme - Peace, Hope, Joy and Love - where we remind ourselves of the nature and plan of Jesus in the world. He is the one of peace, hope, joy and love and his kingdom is a kingdom of the same.
Many of our churches have been working through the "Jesus" series we created using the "Bible Project" videos. As it turns out, they have a series that also walks the through the four themes of advent. Perhaps your church would want to take a break for the weeks of advent and shift over to this series?
How to Celebrate?
Advent usually involves an advent wreath with five candles. Four candles represent the four weeks of advent (the joy candle is often pink) and the fifth candle, which sits in the centre, is the Christ candle. This candle we light on Christ-mass.
Here's a simple plan for your time together:
- Opening prayer
- Light the weeks candle (the weeks prior can be already lit)
- Read the advent scripture (Below)
- Sing or listen to a carol - or both!
- Watch the weeks video.
- Communion or close in prayer.
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7
Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)