This Sunday is the end of the year. No, you have not missed a whole month! It is the end of the church liturgical year. "Liturgy" refers to all those things that we associate with worship. As we follow the liturgical year we celebrate the different seasons of the church. Just as the calendar year has winter, spring summer and fall, the liturgical or church year begins with Advent and moves through the seasons of Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Creation and Thanksgiving. We end the year with Reign of Christ Sunday (this Sunday, November 26). That means next week is the beginning of Advent. Throughout the four Sundays of Advent special symbols and reminders of the coming of Christmas - the coming of Christ - will appear as we prepare for that most important moment - Christmas Eve when we celebrate Jesus' birth.
Here is our Advent-Christmas schedule:
Sunday December 3 10:30 - Advent 1 HOPE Communion
Sunday December 10 10:30 - Advent 2 PEACE Sunday School Service and White Gift
Sunday December 17 10:30 - Advent 3 JOY
Thursday December 21 7:00pm Longest Night Service
Sunday December 24 10:30 - Advent 4 LOVE
December 24 5:00pm Community Christmas Eve Service
Come to church. Bring your family and friends as together we journey through Advent in anticipation of the birth of Jesus.