Ideas for Advent Worship Planning

The Season of Advent

The Season of Advent is an ancient church tradition which helps us to focus on different aspects of the celebration of Christ’s birth.  The word “advent” means “coming” – and we celebrate His coming to earth, as God become man, to redeem us and give His life for our sins.  We will also utilize the Advent Wreath as a symbol of our celebration.  Over the course of the next four weeks you will see the wreath candle lit, each representing the following themes:

Advent week 1 – “Vigilant waiting for the birth of Christ”

Advent week 2 – “Personal preparation for the birth of Christ”

Advent week 3 – “The Joy of our waiting”

Advent week 4 – “The incarnation of the Word in the womb of the virgin Mary”

Christmas Eve/Day – “Celebrating His birth!”

Notes and Ideas for Celebrating each week

Advent week 1 – Vigilant waiting for the birth of Christ

Reading:  Readings on the coming of Christ

After the Scripture reading, this will be read by way of explanation:  During this first week of Advent we focus our thoughts on looking and waiting for the celebration of the birth of Christ.  We wait with anticipation and longing.  We wait with expectation and hope.  We know He has come, and is returning once again, to restore us to the Father in a relationship of love and service.  Let us celebrate the hope that has come to us, and the hope that is yet to come.

Lighting of the Advent Wreath:  One (1) blue or purple candle

Song:  O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Advent week 2Personal preparation for the birth of Christ

Reading:  Readings of a penitential nature

After the Scripture reading, this will be read by way of explanation:  Our consideration of the second week of Advent is to help us prepare our own hearts and minds for celebrating Christ’s birth.  Christ came to save us, to die for our sins.  It was your sin, it was my sin, it was our sin that nailed Him to the cross.  As we consider this truth, let us humble ourselves and remember His forgiveness and love.  He is a gracious God, full of lovingkindness.  Even when we rebelled against Him He loved us enough to send His Son to die for our sins.

Lighting of the Advent Wreath:  Two (2) blue or purple candles

Song:  Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners

Advent week 3The Joy of our waiting

Reading:  Readings that celebrate the Joy of Christ’s coming

After the Scripture reading, this will be read by way of explanation:  Our third week of Advent brings us to the week of celebration.  Today we sing, we praise, we lift our voices with the joy that comes from God’s love sent to us in Christ.  It was for freedom that Christ set us free – and we are free indeed!  Free from the bonds of sin with new hope each day as we rise to serve Christ throughout the patterns and relationships of our lives.  With our families, with our co-workers, with our friends and with those we just meet – we are free to serve them as the love of God flows to us and through us and to them.  Let us celebrate His life.

Lighting of the Advent Wreath:  Two (2) blue or purple candles, and the Rose candle

Song:  Joy to the World!

Advent week 4The incarnation of the Word in the womb of the virgin Mary

Reading:  Readings that explore the Incarnation of Christ

After the Scripture reading, this will be read by way of explanation:  The fourth Sunday of Advent brings us to the real miracle of the Christmas season:  God in all of His fullness dwelling with man in the person of Jesus Christ.  Theologians and Scholars have studied and proclaimed this truth for centuries, yet each time we consider the wonder of this idea it brings us new hope and reminds us of God’s great love for us.  Jesus, as the God-man, is the only solution to the sin problem.  He came, as a humble babe, yet fully and completely the Word of God.  Let us remember today His unique place as God who became man and dwelt among us.

Lighting of the Advent Wreath:  Two (2) blue/purple candles, Rose candle, blue/purple candle

Song:  Emmanuel

Christmas Eve and Day – “Christ has come: Celebrate His birth!”

Reading: Luke 2 (The Christmas Story)

After the Scripture reading, think on this by way of explanation:  Christmas has arrived! And with the arrival of Christmas we celebrate Christ. We no longer wait, as in previous weeks, but we rejoice in the presence of God among us. We celebrate God sending His kingdom in the presence of His Son. We celebrate the salvation Christ brings, the forgiveness of sins, the conquering work of the cross over death, and the subjugation of Satan in Christ’s victory. Praise God for His indescribable gift!

Lighting of the Advent Wreath: All colored candles — and the WHITE Christ candle!

Song: Angels We have Heard on High

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