Advent

Advent is a time observed in many churches to celebrate the expectant waiting and preparation for the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The word Advent comes from a Latin word meaning “coming”. The season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives. It offers us the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for His Second Coming. During Advent we recall the history of God’s people and reflect on how the prophecies and promises of God recorded in the Old Testament were fulfilled. Knowing the promises of God as recorded in sacred Scripture, we can reflect on God’s faithfulness and begin to understand what it means to us now for the sake of what is to come. We celebrate Advent with joyful anticipation as Christmas gets closer.

In the tradition of Advent, we light five candles to remember different aspects of our Lord’s first coming. At Good Hope, the Advent candles stand for Hope (purple), Love (purple), Joy (pink), Peace (purple), and Christ (white). Each Sunday during Advent, we remember a promise of God as recorded in sacred Scripture and light a candle to symbolize that promise. This Advent season, let us celebrate together as we remember the first coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and joyfully anticipate His second coming to gather us all and take us to a home of eternal glory.

As we light our advent candle
Light of the world, shine on us.

As we prepare for Christmas time
Light of the world, shine on us.

In this world of pain and darkness,
Light of the world, shine through us.

To all the people who don’t know you,
Light of the world, shine through us.

Jesus you are coming again,
Light of the world, light the way.