Advent, which means “coming” or “arrival,” is a time of preparation for the birth of Christ, and a celebration of God’s unconditional love. This meditation features the photographs of Mike DuBose, Kathleen Barry and others, over the hymn tune, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” dating from the 12th century. The human condition can, at times, be one of struggle, yet through faith, the spirit rises above even tragedy, and hope and love prevail.
Read Lyrics to verses 1 and 4 of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” while viewing the United Methodist Church video:
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the son of God appear
Shall come to thee, O Israel
O come, thou Dayspring
Come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine Advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows
Put to flight
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
Hymn (UMH 203)
Children and Family Moment – Lessons on Waiting
Raise your hand if you’re having trouble waiting for Christmas. It’s so hard! But did you know that waiting is very important, even though it can feel so difficult? The waiting that we do in Advent makes Christmas even more special for us. Waiting is a very good habit for us to have, a great skill in life. Here is a story about two friends who are waiting for a special surprise. Listen to the story and think about how we can wait patiently for Christmas, so that we can truly celebrate the gift of the baby Jesus this year. Waiting is Not Easy by Mo Williems
Another fun story and some activities are included here as well. Enjoy!
The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
Coloring Sheets and Scriptures for Children
Giving As an Act of Worship
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Homily – Rev. Bob Bauman
In lieu of being together this Sunday, please hear this message from our Senior Pastor
As we go out into the world, consider registering for our upcoming service project of Rise Against Hunger