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Advent & Christmas Seasons

Advent, like Lent, is a penitential season. During Advent, like Lent, we are preparing our hearts and minds to celebrate one of the two primary festivals of the Christian faith. We practice repentance because we know that our sin shows us our need for the Savior of the World, God’s Son Jesus. Because all sin and fall short of God’s glory and because the wages of sin is death, it was necessary for God’s Son to be born of the Virgin Mary in order the He would live the perfectly obedient life we cannot and die the perfectly innocent death we cannot. Without Christ being both fully God and fully human, there can be no salvation. Christmas like Good Friday-Easter is essential to our rescue from sin, death, and the old enemy. Luther called them the “unholy trinity.”

As is our tradition, we will prepare for the celebration of our Savior’s birth with the addition of midweek Advent services at noon and 7 p.m. on December 6, 13, and 20. As with Advent weekends, the tone of worship is quieter and more contemplative to keep before us our need for God’s rescue. When we gather for Advent worship, unlike the culture around us, we don’t celebrate Christmas. We hopefully prepare like parents and others for the birth of a child. We prepare our hearts and minds like getting a nursery ready for the Child on the way. And so repentance, the on-going practice of Baptism, of drowning the old Adam or Eve in us, is the hallmark of Advent. John the Baptist’s cry becomes our own: “Prepare ye the way of the LORD.”

Advent - Christmas Event Calendar

We have a full calendar of special services during Advent & Lent

Advent - Christmas Devotions

Read Daily Advent & Christmas Devotions written by Pastor Sam

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