2021 Advent & Christmas Schedule

The liturgical season of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year. We light a candle each Sunday through the four weeks leading up to Christmas and hear texts and sing songs that remind us to wait for God in Christ to come and fulfill all God’s promises to his people. And “In our waiting,” as former All Angels’ parishioner Bobby Gross writes so beautifully, “we are enlarged.” Bobby continues

“In Advent we focus on three ‘comings’ of Christ: his arrival in history as a baby born of Mary, his return in fearsome glory at the end of time and his intermediate entrance into our own lives. During Advent we are engaged by the prophets of Israel–Isaiah, Zephaniah, Micah, Malachi–and their messianic visions. We are confronted by John the Baptists’s stern call to prepare for Jesus by repenting. We are beckoned to walk with Mary and Joseph in their anxiety and expectation. We are sobered by the teachings of Jesus and his apostles on the judgment to come at the end of the age.”*

And so from Sunday, December 2 through Sunday, December 23, we celebrate Advent and practice waiting for the Lord, preparing the way for his coming afresh in our lives and in our world. In fact, we remember that the world is his and so are we, so we wait, even long, for his glorious reign to come “on earth as it is in heaven.” You are warmly invited to join us for worship this December and enter this waiting for the Lord.

* Bobby Gross, Living the Christian Year, p. 38