Have you gone into Target or Walmart recently? If Yes, then you know that the Christmas Decorations are out and up everywhere you look. Radio stations are even beginning to transition over to Christmas songs. Whether it feels "too soon" to you or not, the season of Advent is among us. This Sunday, November 27th is the official first day of Advent.
Since we are a church of people from many different backgrounds, some of you may be unfamiliar with Advent and what it represents. We'd love to share with you the wonderful background and ways to observe Advent to help bring clarity to the questions you might have. Throughout our Advent sermon series, (Which will begin Dec 4th) we hope you have a meaningful Christ-centered season as our hearts prepare Him room.
What is Advent? The word Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus, which means “coming.” Advent is approximately four weeks long, and is best defined as a season of preparing for the celebration of God taking on flesh and “coming” to dwell among us. Also, during this time we look forward to the second coming of Jesus as we celebrate His first coming: Advent is to Christmas what Lent is to Easter. It is a time of repentance and abstinence.
Why do we observe Advent? You will notice that the word Advent is not in the bible, nor is there a biblical command that we must participate in Advent. Therefore, it would be easy to conclude that we don’t have to participate in Advent. That would be correct! However, here are a few reasons why The Well Church Keller choses to observe Advent….
1. Advent POINTS us back to Jesus during a time when everything else is POINTING us away from Jesus.
2. Advent reminds us of our desperate need of a savior.
3. Advent is a time of waiting on Jesus. Waiting is a characteristic that our society doesn’t teach us, however it is a trait that we must possess as Christians.
4. Advent invites us to reflect on Christ’s Incarnation.
5. Advent is an intentional time this season to read, reflect and meditate on scriptures that remind us of the first and second coming of Jesus.
How can we observe Advent? There are many different ways to observe Advent.
1. Advent wreaths.
2. Follow an Advent Calendar.
3. Read Advent books/devotionals.
4. Listen to Advent music.
5. Fasting and praying.
What’s up with the candles at church? As you probably noticed this Sunday, there was a wreath with 4 purple candles encircling it, and a centered white candle. This is traditionally referred to as an Advent wreath. The four candles represent Hope, Peace, Love and Joy and are lit each subsequent week within Advent. The white candle in the center, which represents Christ, is lit on Christmas day Sunday, December 25th.
Join us at The Well Church Keller, in a season of Waiting, Expectancy, Anticipation, Soul Searching, Fasting, Praying, Preparing and Centering our hearts and minds on the “Adventus” of Jesus.
Blessings to you and yours this Season,