Advent is the first season of the Christian calendar year. The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his first Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his second Advent. Purple is historically the main color used for Advent because it reflects penitence, fasting, and the color of royalty to welcome the Advent of the king (Jesus Christ).
The symbol of Advent is a wreath of candles. The circular shape of the wreath, without beginning or end, symbolizes God’s complete and unending love for us—a love that sent his Son into the world to redeem us from the curse of sin. It also represents eternal life which becomes ours through faith in Jesus Christ. The wreath traditionally holds four candles which are lit, one on each of the four Sundays of the Advent season. Each candle represents 1,000 years. Added together, the four candles symbolize the 4,000 years that humanity waited for the world’s Savior—from Adam and Eve to Jesus, whose birth was foretold in the Old Testament. A fifth white “Christ” candle, symbolizing purity, is in the center of wreath and is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas day to symbolize that Christ, the light of world, has been born into the world
BIBLE STUDY CLASSES
This lectionary-based Bible Study led by Rev. Hill is on Wednesdays at 12 noon. The class is open to newcomers and those with little or no previous knowledge of the Bible. Class will not be held on Wednesday, December 27.
Wednesday mornings at 6:15-6:30 a.m. via conference call at 712-451-0913 (access code 976658).
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