In a year where so many of our normal routines and expectations have been modified or upended altogether, we look forward to walking through the traditions of the Advent season together as a church family.
The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival” in Latin. Advent is a four week period leading up to Christmas and marks the beginning of the liturgical year because it is where the story begins. Traditionally, Advent is a season of celebration and anticipation of the coming of Christ in three ways. First, we remember when Jesus came into the world as a baby to live as a man and die for us. Second, we reflect on how Jesus wants to come into our lives now. And third, we look forward with hope to the future when Jesus will come back to the world as the King of Kings and make all things new.
Advent itself has rhythm. It is always four weeks long and each week represents a key Biblical theme. Week one of Advent lights the fires of hope within us in the midst of darkness. Week two leads us into the peace that passes our understanding as we look to the Prince of Peace. During week three we draw deeply from the well of joy. Week four invites us to encounter God’s incredible love as expressed in the incarnation.
Our sermon series during Advent will follow this rhythm as well. In our Advent guide, daily scripture readings are taken from our sermon series texts and the Revised Common Lectionary accompanied by a weekly devotional and guides for adults and families to reflect and engage more deeply with the theme. We invite you to take a moment each day to slowly take in the Bible passages and ask what the Lord may have to speak into your heart through them. You can do this as an individual or together as a family.
Our prayer is that throughout this Advent, as we worship together each Sunday, whether in person or via the livestream, and as we follow this guide, we will feel connected to each other as a church family and grow in our experience of hope, peace, joy, and love. Ultimately, we remember during Advent that right at our darkest moment, Jesus came to us. We did not have to change ourselves first or clean ourselves up. He knew we could not produce light ourselves so he, the true light that brings light to everyone, entered the world to be our Savior (John 1:9). This is worth celebrating!
Make a Home Advent Wreath
Each week during our Sunday services we will light the advent candles and read a short reflection to point us to Christ. This year, as many gather digitally, we invite you to create your own advent wreath and light the candles along with us each Sunday.
Christmas Toy Drive for Local Outreach Partners
We invite you to help others in need this Christmas season as we support some of our local Trinity Serves Partners through a toy and supply collection for children in need.
Financial Generosity to Trinity
Thank you to everyone who continues to give to God’s work at Trinity. As you may already know, we usually receive a significant portion of our giving in these last couple months of the year, so we humbly ask for your prayers for our Church and your continued generosity as we head into year-end.
Weekly Devotionals for Adults and Families
Released each Sunday of Advent beginning Nov. 29