There are four candles in the outer ring of the Advent wreath – one for each of the four Sundays of the Advent season. One candle is lit on the first Sunday with an additional candle being added each week. The increasing light of each new candle signifies the ever-nearing approach of Jesus – the Light of the world.
The lighted candles look in two directions: they look back, remembering and celebrating that Jesus has already come once (and died to take away our sin), and they look forward to his second, triumphant coming again. The increasing light also symbolizes our own journeys from the darkness of self-centered, sin-controlled lives into the light of Jesus-centered, God-honoring lives.
The Advent season culminates on Christmas Eve when we light the center Christ candle celebrating the birth of our King!
Sunday, December 4, 2016
2nd Sunday of Advent with Lighting of Advent Candle
Milt Stoltzfus will be Preaching
Sermon: "Why I Need Advent"
Scripture: Luke 2:21-35
Sunday, December 11, 2016
3rd Sunday of Advent with Lighting of Advent Candle
Dave Knowles will be with us to give the sermon
Dave Knowles is with Friday Night Skates
Sunday, December 18, 2016
4th Sunday of Advent with Lighting of Advent Candle
Sermon: The Christmas Story No One Talks About
Scripture: Jeremiah 31:10-17; Matthew 2:12-18
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Devotional: A Reading from "God Came Near" by Max Lucado
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”