Christ has come! Christ is coming again!
The Latin word adventus simply means “coming;” it refers to the appearance of God incarnate and bringing the Kingdom’s salvation to planet Earth. This Advent season, we want to focus on the Gift the Father has sent in the coming of Jesus, and that He is coming again! The Old Testament believers awaited their coming Messiah. We join in their spiritual longing when we sing Advent hymns like “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” However, our lives have been transformed because Jesus has come; and in Him we live and move and have our being.
To help us focus on God sending His advent Gift, we will be focusing on the verses from Galatians 4:1 – 7:
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
God has sent His Son, He has sent His spirit, and we are His sonship!
Our worship service has a slightly different order and feel during Advent as well. Read about the liturgy here.
Here are some of the events that our Advent season brings. Please be sure to get these on the calendar!
|December 1st||Advent Party
Meet at the church at 3 PM for caroling, decorating, Christmas carols, and a light supper. Fun for the whole family!
|December 7th||Women’s Fellowship Christmas Brunch
Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., for a hosted brunch and program. Invite your friends and get your tickets!
|December 15th||Zion Christmas Cantata
Join us Sunday evening for a special Zion tradition, and stay after the beautiful music for refreshments and fellowship. Begins at 7p.m.
|December 24th||Christmas Eve Service
The prelude begins at 6p.m., and you won’t want to miss hearing our youth recount the meaning of the Christmas story!
|December 25th||Christmas Day Service
Service begins at 9a.m. with Holy Communion.
Other events, like the College Parsonage Party, Youth Sledding, will be announced as weather permits.