Advent is the first season of the liturgical (worship) calendar* for the church’s year. Beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, the four weeks of the Advent season focus on the two comings of Christ: Jesus’ birth which we celebrate on Christmas (December 25) and the second coming which will happen at an undefined time when all creation will experience the fulfillment of God’s promises for love and life. Advent is a season of excited anticipation, fertile waiting, and the tension between what is and what is to come. During Advent we prepare ourselves for God’s presence – within ourselves and in the world. Special colors, music, scripture readings, decorations, and traditions help inspire us throughout the Advent season.
Jack and Emily Focht lighting the second candle in Advent.