The Season of Advent, which begins Sunday, November 27, is a busy and joyful time of year at Calvary.
The Church Sanctuary has been decorated.
The women of Calvary are planning to host their annual Advent by Candlelight celebration.
We’re collecting food and purchasing gifts for families in need.
We’re making plans to share time together as a church family with caroling, chili, pageants and more.
It is a time we will join in celebration because we are joyful in anticipation of God’s loving promise.
During the four Sunday’s leading up to Christmas, we heighten our anticipation for the ultimate fulfillment of the biblical promises — when the wolf will lie down with the lamb, death will be swallowed up, and every tear will be wiped away.
Advent highlights for us the larger story of God’s redemptive plan.
Advent leads us into a time of preparation.
Advent is a time when many symbolic traditions can be seen throughout the Sanctuary:
- The pulpit hanging and the clergy stole are purple to symbolize the future coming of Christ the King to establish his rule over all things.
- Decorations in the church including evergreen wreaths, boughs, and trees symbolizes the new and everlasting life brought through Jesus the Christ.
- The candles on the Advent wreath represent hope, peace, joy, and love.
Advent is a time we know God’s loving purposes are realized and we have hope for the fulfillment of the kingdom of God in the future.