Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services
4:00 PM Candlelight Worship a service of Holy Communion with candlelight and carols
7:30 PM Candlelight Worship a service of Holy Communion with candlelight and carols
Special music begins twenty minutes before each service.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” – John 1:1-5
Advent is the beginning of the Church Year. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (December 24).
The Colors of Advent – The worship space called the sanctuary will include blue or purple altar hangings. These colors are associated with royalty to welcome the coming (advent) of the Christ child who is King.
The meaning of Advent – Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Advent celebrates a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God
The Spirit of Advent – Advent is marked by a spirit of anticipation, preparation, and hope. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression. In Christ we recognize that God comes to offer healing, hope and new life in the midst of the injustices of the world!
The Advent Wreath – The wreath symbolizes eternal life offered through Christ. The four candles on the wreath remind us of the ancient prophets of Scripture whose prophecies pointed to the Messiah, the city Bethlehem where Christ was born, the Shepherds who first heard the good news of the Messiah’s birth and the Angels who shared this good news with the shepherds and offered praise to God.
The season of Advent concludes with Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve Services will be held on December 24th at 4:00 and 7:30 PM with candlelight, carols and the sharing of Holy Communion. We invite you to join us throughout the Advent and Christmas Season.
Martin Luther is most famous for beginning the Protestant Reformation when he posted his 95 Theses on the church doors in Wittenburg, Germany in 1517.
Martin Luther is also attributed to introducing the use of Christmas trees in the home, in Germany.
On his way home one evening, Martin Luther was so overcome by the beauty of a fir tree and stars in the sky, he wanted to tell his family about it. However, upon returning home, words failed him, so he went out and chopped the down and brought it home to share with his family. To mimic the stars that hung over the manger where Christ was born, Martin Luther decorated the tree with candle tapers. This was thought to be the first traditional Christmas tree in Germany.