Advent: Darkness & Light
“I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that is it I, the Lord, the God of Israel,who calls you by your name.” Isaiah 45:3
Advent is the church’s observance of darkness. We begin walking toward the light of the Lord, who’s coming we celebrate on Christmas. Yet God is with us in darkness; and sin and evil continues despite Jesus’ birth – the coming of the light of the world. During this season we wrestle to understand good and bad.
God made both night and day. God is with us at all times – in our hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, humility and glory.
Use an Advent Wreath or five candles along with our own Advent Devotional Book (OSLC Devotionals Nov. 30 – Dec.17 OSLC Devotionals Dec. 18 – Jan. 6) lighting an additional candle each week with the last one lit on Christmas.Then light all candles for the twelve days of Christmas until the Day of Epiphany to celebrate Christ’s light made known to the world.
Nov. 29/30 Night & Day 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 | Mark 13:24-37
Dec. 6/7 Fear & Hope Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 | Mark 1:1-8
Dec. 13/14 Sorrow & Joy 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 | John 1:6-8, 19-28
Dec. 20/21 Cross & Glory 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 | Luke 1:26-38
Dec. 27/28 Old & New Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3 | Luke 2:22-40
Jan. 4/5 Darkness & Light Jeremiah 31:7-14 | John 1:1-9, 10-18
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Worship 3, 5, and 10 PM
Dec. 25 Christmas Day Worship 9 AM