Advent and Christmas Season

In December, we enter the season of Advent. It marks the beginning of the church year and comprises of the four weeks before Christmas. Advent is a season of preparation, expectation and waiting. The word Advent means "coming", and so we wait for Jesus to come into our lives at Christmas.

As Christians, we use symbols to visually express our faith journey with Christ. The color blue is found in our worship spaces, signifying hope for the birth of baby Jesus. You'll find the Advent wreath, a circle of evergreens with 4 candles around the circle and one in the middle. The evergreen represents God's faithfulness to us, while the candles remind us of the light of Christ brought into the world. We light one candle each Sunday as we anticipate Jesus' birth.

Within ELC, we will be coloring our way through Advent during worship. Children and adults are given the opportunity to color during worship on a sheet that reflects a word or scripture lesson that week. Everyone is also invited to special midweek services, on Wednesdays in December at 6pm. We'll color our Advent wreaths, celebrate the feast of Santa Lucia, and spread joy with Christmas cards and cookies.

On Christmas Eve, we finish the Advent season during our 10am worship, and quickly transition to our Christmas Eve services at 4pm and 11pm. Both services contain favorite carols and candlelight.

Join us for worship this season, and celebrate the birth of the Christ child.