Advent (“coming”) is a season of four weeks, four Sundays. The season proclaims the coming of Jesus Christ on Christmas day. Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness, a time of preparation, anticipation, and hope. The season when we prepare ourselves to receive God’s gift of Jesus.
We have the “Advent Wreath” and Candles to help us celebrate. The circle of the
wreath reminds us of God Himself. His eternity, grace and endless mercy, which has no
beginning and no end.
The candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His Son. The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of advent. The light of the candles reminds us that Jesus is the Light of the World, and reminds us that we are called to be a light to the world as we reflect God’s grace to others.
We light the first purple candle, the candle of Hope, on the first Sunday of Advent. The second purple candle, the candle of Peace, on the second Sunday. The third candle is pink and is the candle of Joy; the fourth candle is purple and is the candle of Love. And on Christmas Eve/Day we light the white candle, the Christ candle.
Advent invites us to fill the cup of today with a full measure of tomorrow. Advent is the season of the Christian church, Paint Creek United Methodist Church, for expectation, waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The service begins at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Year after year, we are drawn to this night with its carols, its candlelight, and poinsettia and the gentle poetry of Luke’s story.
On this evening we invite you to set aside the busyness, fatigue, pressure, baking and buying of the season for a moment. This evening is an opportunity to let go of your harried rushing and relax in the presence of God and loved ones and, for a time, receive a gift instead of trying to give one.
We hope this gift will help to transform the rest of your activities so that they will take on some of the qualities of the sacred and holy that are at the heart of Christmas.
On this night we invite you to do the most difficult thing that can be asked during this season, and that is to do nothing, to approach this night with open hands and hearts and do nothing. This night is about receiving. This night’s gift is yours for the asking and without effort.
The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service reminds us, in the shallowness of the materialism and glitter of our times, of those things that really matter: God, family, our responsibility for others. Christmas, a celebration of love!
We want to be your church and we invite you to come home for the holidays. Make unwrapping Heaven’s gift the first gift on Christmas morning.
Our Sunday Service is filled with hymns and prayers as we listen to the Joys and Concerns of the Congregation. Pastor Marv has a Children’s Time before they are dismissed for Sunday school. Once a month, on the first Sunday of the month, we share together the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We invite you to come and experience a spiritual enthusiasm, joyful attitude, and inspirational messages about how to live a Christ centered and love filled meaningful life. If you are a “seeker” we offer Paint Creek United Methodist Church as your first choice for a second chance.
Recognizing this I try to give them a message filled with Christ’s love and hope, and with humor, that effectively transcends the Word of God into their personal lives that makes a difference and that they can share with others as a witness to their faith and what Christ is doing for them.
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