Advent and Christmas, What Makes Us Special

Third Sunday in Advent

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Here we are, almost to Christmas.  Today marks the third Sunday in Advent or Gaudete Sunday, taken from the Latin word for “rejoice.”  We call the pink or rose colored candle the Joy Candle or the Shepherd’s Candle.  Pink or rose is historically the color of joy and there’s certainly much to be joyful about!

We celebrate the amazing news of Christ’s coming with joy just as the shepherds did thousands of years ago.  This beautiful account is in the book of Luke.

“…and she gave birth ot her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be agraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you; You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’  When the angels had left and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”  ~ Luke 2:7-15

Join us each Sunday as we celebrate Advent!

+Ian

Advent and Christmas, What Makes Us Special

Second Sunday in Advent 2017

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Sunday, December 10th marked the second Sunday in Advent.  So what does it mean when that second purple candle is lit?  It is often called the Bethlehem Candle or the The Candle of Preparation.

God promised a Savior to the people and Prophets of the Old Testament.  Just as those before us did for thousands of years, we prepare or get ready to welcome Him.  We prepare a place for God in our hearts through prayer and worship.

“As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah, the prophet saying: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.  Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low.  The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.  And all mandkind will see God’s salvation.”  ~ Luke 3: 4-6

Please join us for the next Sunday in Advent – soup and bread to follow each Advent service!

+Ian

Advent and Christmas, Holidiay Seasons, What Makes Us Special

The Joyous Season of Advent

Perhaps for young and old alike, the most anticipated season in the year is Christmas.  With festive lights, gifts to give and receive, and the gathering of family and friends, there’s much so look forward to. However, in the Christian church Advent signals a period of profound contemplation.

During the four weeks of Advent we recognize and rejoice in the coming of our Lord.  But, for the faithful, it’s so much more than that.  We see not only Christ’s arrival, but the completion of His earthly ministry.  We ponder the great sacrifice that our Savior, Jesus Christ, made for us by coming to earth as an infant.  He lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death, and rose from the dead for us.  He saved us from our sins, and because of His great love, we can have life eternal.  Now that’s really a reason to anticipate Christmas!

Resurrection Anglican has been greened and we’re ready to greet one and all who would love to worship with us.  Today we marked Advent 1, and we did so by lighting the first cancle.  Join us each Sunday right up through Christmas as we light a new taper.  Our communion service begins at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.  Homemade soup, bread, and fellowship follows each service during Advent.  On Christmas Eve we’ll have our regular service in the morning and we’ll sing Lessons and Carols at 6:30 pm with dessert to follow.

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The first candle to be lit is the Prophecy Cancle or the Candle of Hope.  It reminds us that God is ever faithful and keeps His promises.  All hope comes from God!

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Our beautiful tree is up and gleaming in many colorful and symbolic ornaments.

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We welcome you to come and worship with us each and every Sunday, rejoicing in the  birth of the Christ child!

+Ian Anderson