Advent marks the beginning of the Episcopalian liturgical calendar year. It welcomes us to prepare our hearts, minds and spirit for the advent or coming of birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
The season begins with the first Sunday of Advent on December 2nd followed consecutively by the second, third and fourth Sundays of Advent on Dec. 9th, 16th and 23rd of this calendar year.
Each Sunday focuses on a different aspect of Jesus. The advent wreath with its colored candles helps of gather our focus as each candle is lit. The first is known as the “Prophet’s Candle” symbolizing an unfolding expectation, followed on the second Sunday by the “Bethlehem Candle” symbolizing faith. On the third Sunday, we light the “Shepherd’s Candle” to represent joy and in observance of the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, the “Angel’s Candle” is lit to represent peace, the transcendent gift of Christ.
JOIN US IN WORSHIP
Please join us in worship welcoming the Season of Advent. There will be a procession followed by the lighting of the Advent candle(s) with readings from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), the Epistles and Gospels to follow that help us consider this sacred time. A sermon or homily will be offered and time of greeting.
There are two service times available: 8:00 and 10:30 AM. Each service has a slightly different character. The early morning service is quiet and reflective using traditional English language. The second service incorporates music and song into worship with more contemporary language.
Come enjoy coffee hour afterwards and find the perfect gift for friends and family at the annual Christmas Boutique put on by the Crafts Group ministry in support of St. Thomas. Join in the fun with all kinds of handcrafted items and delectable treats to enjoy!
If you have any questions or are in need special accommodations during worship service, Contact Us.
THE HISTORY OF ADVENT
To learn more about the history of Advent, please refer to the “Season of Advent on Wikipedia.