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Advent (“coming”) is a season of four weeks, four Sundays. The season proclaims the coming of Jesus Christ on Christmas day. Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness, a time of preparation, anticipation, and hope. The season when we prepare ourselves to receive God’s gift of Jesus.
We have the “Advent Wreath” and Candles to help us celebrate. The circle of the wreath reminds us of God Himself. His eternity, grace and endless mercy, which has no beginning and no end.
The candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His Son. The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of advent. The light of the candles reminds us that Jesus is the Light of the World, and reminds us that we are called to be a light to the world as we reflect God’s grace to others.
We light the first purple candle, the candle of Hope, on the first Sunday of Advent (November 30). The second purple candle, the candle of Peace, on the second Sunday. The third candle is pink and is the candle of Joy; the fourth candle is purple and is the candle of Love. And on Christmas Eve/Day we light the white candle, the Christ candle.
Advent invites us to fill the cup of today with a full measure of tomorrow. Advent is the season of the Christian church, Howarth United Methodist Church, for expectation, waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
The service begins at 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Year after year, we are drawn to this night with its carols, its candlelight, and the combined fragrance of pine and poinsettia and the gentle poetry of Luke’s story.
On this evening we invite you to set aside the busyness, fatigue, pressure, baking and buying of the season for a moment. This evening is an opportunity to let go of your harried rushing and relax in the presence of God and loved ones and, for a time, receive a gift instead of trying to give one.
We hope this gift will help to transform the rest of your activities so that they will take on some of the qualities of the sacred and holy that are at the heart of Christmas.
On this night we invite you to do the most difficult thing that can be asked during this season, and that is to do nothing, to approach this night with open hands and hearts and do nothing. This night is about receiving. This night’s gift is yours for the asking and without effort.
The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service reminds us, in the shallowness of the materialism and glitter of our times, of those things that really matter: God, family, our responsibility for others. Christmas, a celebration of love!
We want to be your church and we invite you to come home for the holidays. Make unwrapping Heaven’s gift the first gift on Christmas morning.
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