Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields on 11/27/2016
The First Sunday of Advent
In the weeks between now and Christmas, we are going to celebrate something called Advent. Advent is a word having to do with the arrival of something or someone who is important. When a famous person is due to make a speech, you might hear the MC saying, “As we await the advent of the keynote speaker, let’s talk about….”
Advent means arrival.
I personally like the word Advent better than I do Christmas, because, to me, Christmas has been diluted. People use it to mean anything and everything relating to this coming time of year.
On the other hand, Advent is unmistakable.
It refers to one thing – the birth of Jesus, celebrated by you and me on December 25.
Our church has an Advent wreath with candles that we light. Occasionally, when I ask my peers if they are doing Advent some have replied, “No – I’m not Catholic.” But Advent is neither Catholic nor Protestant — or perhaps I should say that Advent is both Catholic and Protestant! 🙂 The tradition was in place a thousand years before the Protestant Reformation.
Advent is something Christians celebrated since early on in church history.
There are five candles in the wreath, each standing for something. The names of the four outer candles have changed through the centuries, but the center candle remains the same: The Christ Candle.
This year, our outer candles will speak of four things Christ brings:
This podcast speaks of the hope God gives us because of the Christ of Advent.
May the Advent of Christ be a means whereby the Father imparts hope to you.
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