What is Advent? Advent is a word that means “coming” or “arrival.” The advent season in the church is the time when we wait for Christ’s coming. We remember and celebrate how Jesus first arrived as a baby, and we anticipate his return when he arrives and establishes God’s kingdom of earth. Advent also is a season that reminds us that no matter how grim or dark things look in our world, Christ has overcome the world and the promises of God that we find throughout Scripture will be fulfilled. These promises are promises of peace, hope, joy, and love (see our worship services during this time to learn more!). We mark this time by lighting candles, reminding us of how Christ is the light of the world and how even in the darkest of days, God’s light shines forth.

Here is a great prayer from Henri Nouwen for this Advent season:

Lord Jesus,

Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We who have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day,

We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.

We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.

We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.

To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!’


May we see signs God’s light, of God’s peace, hope, joy, and love during this season!

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