For Christians, the Christmas season is an opportunity to recount together the mercy of God in the coming of Christ. Within the church, this time of year is traditionally referred to as “Advent,” a name derived from a Latin word that means “coming.” We celebrate Jesus’ first coming in lowliness and look with eager expectation toward His second coming in glory.
Advent officially begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continues until Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. This is a significant season in the life of the church. Ironically, it’s also a season when stopping to really consider Christ can be difficult because of the demands on our time the holiday season brings. To help, we encourage the use of an Advent resource to focus our minds and hearts on Jesus’ coming during an especially busy time.
2017 Advent Guide
This year’s ADVENT GUIDE was designed & shared by The Village Church. It walks through the story of Jesus' arrival and our anticipation of his return. We see God’s love for the lowly and outcast as He proclaims the news of His Son to the shepherds. We marvel at His heart to see all nations come and worship His Son through the Magi’s journey. God is faithful. He keeps His promises, and He keeps them perfectly.
On Your Own or With Your Family
The Advent Guide contains 4 weeks of material, with devotionals, reflections, songs and prayers. The Family Discipleship section is designed to work for families of all shapes and sizes and does not require extensive preparation.
It is a simple apprenticeship resource for Christmas. In addition to the weekly devotional, the guide includes ideas on how to create intentional time, capture teachable moments and mark milestones for the sake of thinking about, talking about and living out the gospel.
An Eastside Christmas Eve.
Please consider this a warm invitation to join us for Christmas Eve ~ an evening of caroling, celebration and good friends at the Chapel. Services at 4pm & 5:30pm (no morning gatherings that Sunday). All are welcome.