Seeking the Themes of Advent
The season of Advent is rich with themes that are reflective, hopeful, inspirational, and powerful. We make it such a point in the church to halt our rush to celebrate Christmas that we have an entire season built around preparing and anticipating Christmas. The four weeks of Advent are designed to bring our faith to a center focus upon what it means to prepare our hearts to accept the reality of Emmanuel, God with us. The reality that Christ has come, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again guides us to a reflection on Advents past, present, and yet to come.
These are some of the themes our worship and study will be focusing on this Advent season, a season unlike any other.
Worshiping with 4 Advent Hymns as Our Guide – Each Sunday this Advent, our worship will center on four hymns of Advent. Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, and In the Bleak Midwinter are rich in meaning and memory. Every Sunday one of these hymns will be played by instrument or sung by members of our church. Together we will find how each hymn speaks its own language of preparation and anticipation.
2020 Advent Devotional – Each week during Advent a devotional will be sent out and posted online. This year’s devotional is Let us Light Candles, written by Donna Frishknecht Jackson, editor of Presbyterians Today magazine. This devotional is based on the poem I Will Light Candles This Christmas by Howard Thurman.
Lighting Candles this Advent – The first week of Advent, members and friends of Faithful Shepherd here in and surrounding Omaha will receive the gift of a candle and luminary to put in a special place in their home the Advent season. This light will be a reminder of what awaits us at Christmas.
A Christmas Program in a Pandemic?!? – Join your Faithful Shepherd family online Sunday morning, December 20th for this year’s virtual Christmas program worship. This year’s program will be unique, memorable, and on trend with the times!
We Will Light Candles this Christmas – Due to the ongoing pandemic, Christmas Eve will be different for all of us this year. Whether our service at FSPC is drive-in or online, whether eye-to-eye or screen-to-screen, we will light candles this Christmas. Right now, we are making plans for the Christmas Eve service at Faithful Shepherd, and more details will come as the date draws near. One thing you can count on is a holy and blessed night.
May you have a blessed and holy Advent season,