What is Advent.
Advent is a time of looking towards our Savior’s second coming and looking back at his first coming. It consists of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.

 

The History of Advent.                                
The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia. Scholars believe that during the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain and Gaul, Advent was a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the celebration of God’s incarnation represented by the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1), his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist (John 1:29), and his first miracle at Cana (John 2:1). During this season of preparation, Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for this celebration; originally, there was little connection between Advent and Christmas.

By the 6th century, however, Roman Christians had tied Advent to the coming of Christ. But the “coming” they had in mind was not Christ’s first coming in the manger in Bethlehem, but his second coming in the clouds as the judge of the world. It was not until the Middle Ages that the Advent season was explicitly linked to Christ’s first coming at Christmas.

 

Advent at THE PLACE Church.
This Advent season we will be taking some time out of each service to share a thought and Bible verse that links with the appropriate Sunday of Advent. We will also be lighting a candle each week of the advent season to symbolize the “light of this world” coming into the darkness. This time will be filled by different members of our church body. 

 

Would your family like to light the candle one service?
If yes, drop an email to our office at the placeaz@gmail.com if you’d be interested in lighting the candle and doing a reading for one Sunday in Advent. These spots are limited and will fill up fast. Don’t wait, email today.

 

This season, prepare your hearts for a celebration of Christmas that has Christ in the center of it… directly where He belongs.