In Christian tradition, each new year begins with the start of Advent on the 4th Sunday before Christmas. It is a time to recognize and reflect on the promise of the long-awaited Messiah, which we will celebrate at Christmas. We are also reminded to wait expectantly for his future return. This year, Advent began on December 3.
So, what happened on that day? At 9:45am, new Advent-focused Sunday School classes began for children, youth, and adults. These will continue through December 17. During 11am worship, Kyle and Amanda read from the Bible and lit the first candle of the Advent wreath — the candle of hope. Pastor Kevin preached from Isaiah 64:1-9, recognizing struggles and regrets as we go through life, and proclaiming that God is at work in the midst of it all.
In announcements and other news…
- Sunday School classes are available for children, youth, and adults. The focus of these groups will be on Advent through December 17. Of note, Sunday School classes will not meet on December 24 or 31.
- There will be a Christmas Eve candlelight service on December 24 at 6pm, with songs and readings of the Christmas story. Come enjoy this final evening of preparation before Christmas Day.
- On New Year’s Eve, Rosewood Lane will have a party to ring in the new year, 8pm until midnight. Bring a favorite game to play and cereal to share.
- For those planning to make a year-end financial gift, please note that any charitable contributions for the 2017 calendar year must be received or postmarked no later than December 31. A statement of contributions will be sent by January 31.
During these weeks of Advent, there are scripture readings each day. Here are the readings for this week: