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Advent 1: December 1

10:00am – Contemplative Eucharist

Advent 2: December 8 (Stewardship Sunday)

10:00am – Children’s Christmas Pageant and Eucharist

Advent 3: December 15

10:00am – Sing Out Earth and Heavens: Advent Readings and Carols

Advent 4: December 22

10:00am – Festive Holy Eucharist

Christmas Eve: December 24

4:00pm – Interactive Journey Through the Christmas Story

7:30pm – Festive Christmas Eve Eucharist with Choir and Candlelight

Christmas Day: December 25   10:00am – Christmas Day Eucharist

History of Advent

The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia. Scholars believe that during the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain and Gaul, Advent was a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the celebration of God’s incarnation represented by the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1), his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist (John 1:29), and his first miracle at Cana (John 2:1). During this season of preparation, Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for this celebration; originally, there was little connection between Advent and Christmas.

By the 6th century, however, Roman Christians had tied Advent to the coming of Christ. But the “coming” they had in mind was not Christ’s first coming in the manger in Bethlehem, but his second coming in the clouds as the judge of the world. It was not until the Middle Ages that the Advent season was explicitly linked to Christ’s first coming at Christmas.  - source: