This Advent...Be the Manger

Advent 2022

Begins November 27

Each year as Christmas approaches, nativity scenes start to appear in homes, churches, and businesses. At the center of each scene stands a manger waiting to hold the Christ Child. This Advent, we invite you to “Be the Manger” so that Christ can truly be born in you this year. In order to “Be the Manger,” you will need to be like a manger: be ready, be sturdy, be empty, and be still. Join us on Sundays and Wednesdays this Advent as we prepare to welcome the birth of Jesus into our world and into our hearts as we make our way to Christmas, where we are invited to behold his glory once again.

Advent Devotions

Pick up devotion booklets in the Narthex.

Children’s Devotion

Throughout Advent, families can sing the words of the beloved Christmas song “Away in the Manger” and talk about being the manger to welcome the baby Jesus at Christmas. As you use this daily devotional, children can add stickers to the poster map to Bethlehem. There, in his hay-filled bed, children will discover the Little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay. With scripture and a thoughtful, reflective prayer for each day of advent, this devotion leads little hearts and minds to Bethlehem and the sweet, joyous celebration birth of our Savior on Christmas when we sing together “be born in us today!”

Adult’s Devotion

This Advent, we invite you to “Be the Manger” so that Christ can truly be born in you this year.  As we look toward the physical birth of our Savior, Jesus, we are reminded in these devotions for Advent that Christ is born in us spiritually today and every day. He enters into us daily to strengthen and support us, save us and renew us. We are changed by his presence within us as we become more and more like him in the living of our lives.

Advent Worship

Sundays of Advent – 9 & 11AM

Wednesdays of Advent – 7PM

Please Note: December 11 is one service at 10am and will be live streamed. Use the above link beginning at 10am on that day to worship from home.

First Week of Advent – Be Ready

The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In today’s readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord’s coming. Though we vigilantly watch for the promised day of salvation, we wait for what we already have: Christ comes among us this day as the word and meal that strengthens our faith in the promises of God. So this Advent, in our efforts to “Be the Manger” we hear the call to be ready.  Be ready in heart, mind, and spirit to welcome Christ once again into our lives and into the world.

Second Week of Advent – Be Sturdy

At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases in the Northern Hemisphere, we turn toward the approaching light of Christ. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. So this Advent, in our efforts to “Be the Manger” we hear the call to be sturdy.  We must be sturdy so that we can withstand the repentance we need to welcome Christ once again into our lives and into the world.  We must be sturdy like the stump of Jesse, for from this seemingly dead stump the hope we need will flourish! 

Third Week of Advent – Be Empty

Fourth Week of Advent – Be Still

Join us on Christmas Eve at one of our 3 services:

4:00pm:  Children’s ensembles, Carols, Candlelight, Holy Communion
6:00pm:  Praise Band, Carols with a Contemporary Flare, Candlelight, Holy Communion
8:00pm:  Choir, Traditional Carols, Candlelight, Holy Communion. 

This service will be live streamed HERE.

Sunday, December 25 will be online pre-recorded worship only. Watch the recording HERE.

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