What is Advent?
Advent - which we're celebrating Dec. 1-24 this year - is the season during which believers around the world remember Christ’s coming and anticipate His return. We're celebrating Advent at Gateway to help us remember what's important during this Christmas season, when the stresses and distractions often become overwhelming. It's also a way for us to join with our brothers and sisters everywhere in celebrating our Savior.
To help you recapture the true meaning of Christmas, here is an Advent devotional that includes 25 short readings for Dec. 1 through Christmas Day. You can purchase the ebook or download it for free in a variety of formats.
Each Sunday during Advent, we read a passage of Scripture and light a candle. Each of those candles represents the theme of the week.
- Week 1: Hope
- Week 2: Peace
- Week 3: Joy
- Week 4: Love
Check out this video, courtesy of ShiftWorship, for a little deeper look at why the Church observes this season.