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First Sunday Advent, November 27 from 11:30-3:30, lunch is included
This retreat will focus on the ancient (8th Century) practice of "singing in Christmas" through the "O Antiphons"-- songs that highlight the Messianic titles of Christ found in the book of Isaiah. These ancient songs form the verses of the hymn "O Come O Come Emmanuel."
By using a Daily Devotional, Advent hymns and a study of the Messianic prophecies in Isaiah, we will come to a greater appreciation of the promises God has made to us. Hopefully, we will also take a moment to pause in the midst of our busy holiday schedules to appreciate anew the reasons for our celebration.
Falalala, it is that time of year again when we reenact the wonderful story of the birth of Christ Jesus. This year's production has speaking parts, frozen picture characters, animals, and lights of loveliness.
The Christmas Program will be held during worship on Sunday, Dec. 11.
If your child would like to grab a costume and participate that morning, they are welcome to do so. Please show up at 9:30 on the 11th for costume choices.
If your child would like a speaking part, please plan to be at the rehearsal on Saturday, December 10 from 9-11 (bagels included).
We also need some adult volunteers. All are welcome!
The Advent wreath is a meaningful tradition practiced by many Christians during the season of Advent. The custom is part of the spiritual preparations that believers make for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas.
What Is the Advent Wreath?
The Advent wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches representing eternity. On that wreath, four or five candles are typically arranged. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
During the season of Advent, one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. Families or other small groups of people give devotional readings while lighting the candles on the Advent wreath, adding a meaningful dimension to worship. Many families repeat the tradition at home as a way of deepening and making spiritual preparations more intimate and personal.
On Sunday, Nov. 27 Cathie Irons will hand out Advent Wreath Kits and a ELCA Advent devotional and an Advent Calendar. Please be sure to pick up your packet in the Narthex after worship. This is an activity you can do as a family or as a an Advent preparation.
The ELCA Advent Devotion and Advent Calendar is a gift from ELCA's World Hunger Office. Weekly, we will connect with ELCA churches and ministries from around the globe.