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Advent and Christmas at Christ Church

During the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Christians around the world remember the coming and birth of Jesus. In this humble, ordinary event, we believe God became a human like us in order to fulfill his long-ago promise to make the world right again.

Advent

During this four-week period leading up to Christmas, the church remembers the centuries of longing for God to keep His promise of restoration, to bring His promised savior (the Jewish “Messiah”). Throughout Advent, we rejoice that God kept His word in the person of Jesus, and we groan over all that remains broken until Jesus’ second coming when He will complete the world’s restoration.

During Advent, we wait and prepare ourselves.

  • We commit to spiritual renewal through weekly Sunday worship and daily prayer.
  • We fast by giving up something we enjoy on a regular basis to deepen our hunger and desire for God.
  • We give to those in need.
  • We tell others about the joy and hope of Jesus’ return to be king and put the world to rights.
  • We pray the final prayer in the Bible, “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).

Christmas

Christmas is a word that derives from “Christ Mass,” the traditional feast celebrating the birth of Jesus. During this 12-day period beginning December 25, the church celebrates the joyous mystery of “God with us” in human form, God here to keep His promise of restoration.

Thus, beginning with the vigil of Christmas Eve, we party! Some families give Christmas gifts for each of the 12 days of Christmas, not just on December 25.

But we also seek to humbly serve others. Celebrating Christmas means that we focus on becoming more like Christ, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:3-7).