Dear Faith Family,
This year at PCEFC we will celebrate the Christmas season by incorporating the Candles of Advent. Each Sunday morning we will begin our service with the lighting of the Advent Wreath.
Christians have celebrated Advent for quite a long time. The word Advent simply means “coming,” or “arrival.” The focus of this time of year for Christians is meant to be the celebration of the birth of Jesus in His First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Jesus, in His Second Advent. We find ourselves living between two arrivals (or advents), looking back in one sense, and looking forward in another. The question today is, how do we live in the in-between? Between the hope, peace, joy and love that came into the world when Jesus was born, and the fulfillment of these things that is still to come at the return of Jesus?
Here is the schedule of each service as well as related Scriptures –
December 2 – The Candle of Hope (Isaiah 2:2-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14)
*Sermon text – Luke 2:21-40
December 9– The Candle of Peace (Isaiah 40:3-5; 11:1-10; Psalm 72; John 14:27)
*Dr. Pat will be with us focusing on the persecuted church and the peace that Christ brings to His church worldwide.
December 15 – The Candle of Joy (Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:5-10; Matthew 2:10-11)
*Sermon text – Luke 2:10-14
December 23 – The Candle of Love (Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-10; John 3:16-19)
*Sermon text – 1 John 3:1-2
December 24 – The Candle of Christ (Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Luke 2:1-20)
*Christmas Eve service @ 4:00 p.m.
This Advent season, let us firmly fix our hearts on Christ alone, who’s birth brought actual hope, authentic peace, awesome joy and amazing love!