How do you picture advent?
Join Christians around the world as we all celebrate Advent, the season when we prepare our hearts, minds and souls for the coming of Christ! Mary and Joseph traveled a long way to Bethlehem. The wise men and shepherds also traveled a long way to visit the new born king. Advent is a four week time period building up to Jesus' birth and Christmas. Have you ever counted down the days to the end of school? A special trip or vacation? Waiting can be hard but the reward at the end is worth the wait.
With Christmas decorations up at the same time as Halloween costumes, let’s be sure we don’t rush through the Advent and Christmas seasons. Advent is a special time, and Armstrong wants to help you make it a special experience for you and your family at home and at church. Here are a few ways to make this Advent season one to remember:
We're inviting you to use each day's theme to inspire a daily photo. Post each day with the theme and #ACUMCadvent so we can all be inspired together! Look up the key word for the day and the corresponding verse. What do they inspire? Whatever your inspiration take a photo. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just use your cell phone. E-mail your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to the Armstrong Facebook page. (Be sure to like our page) www.facebook.com/armstrongchapelumc
Each day during Advent, you can receive a devotion based on the day's theme direct to your inbox. They will also be posted online so you can share them with friends and family easily through social media. Each Sunday's devotion can be used for lighting your Advent wreath. Each daily devotion will appear on the blog page of our website or you can sign up on this page to receive the devotion in your e-mail inbox.
Although the daily devotions will be for everyone, there will be a special activity each day for families to share in together. Advent Activity Calendar
Waiting can be difficult, yet waiting often forms a vital part of our spiritual growth as we build our faith in Jesus Christ. The season approaching Christmas (Advent in the church calendar) is all about waiting: about how Israel waited for the Messiah and about how we wait and look with expectancy for the full expression of God’s reign in Jesus Christ.
This series challenges us to have a different view of waiting. Often we view waiting as doing nothing. “Doing nothing” is NOT the correct image for how and what we are waiting for. In the next few weeks we will explore how to wait well. What are we expected “to do” when we wait? What are we expected to “not do” as we wait? Welcome to the waiting room.
November 30th The Waiting Room (Mark 13:24-37)
December 7th Save the Date (Mark 1:1-8)
December 14th Be the Light (John 1:6-9; 19-28)
December 21st Call Waiting (Luke 1:26-38)
Christmas Eve Services: 5:00pm Family Service/Sanctuary, 7:00 Contemporary/Worship Center, 9:00 Traditional/Sanctuary, 11:00 Traditional/Old chapel