Isaiah 2:5  “Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.”

  Advent is a season of waiting.  We wait for Christ to be born.  We wait for Jesus to come
again.  We wait for the light, God’s light, to enter into our dark and shadowy world. Waiting is
not easy, but it gives us time to prepare.  Time to get ready for a new day to dawn. Time to get
ready to welcome Christ.  Time to prepare a place for Him in our hearts.  The weeks of Advent
are a time for that preparation.  God’s new day is coming, and these are the hours before the
dawn.   
 And so we wait.   Waiting for the coming of Christ.    Waiting for the Light.
                  Author William Delia, excerpt from his Advent study “Waiting For The Light”

  It has been a difficult year, and we want to come out of this darkness into a world of joy and
light.  For our congregations, during this Advent season, we will together journey to Christmas
day through the darkness into the light, when we will joyfully celebrate the birth  of Jesus
Christ, the Light of The World!

  As our Advent services continue on Zoom, we encourage you to have an advent wreath in
your home, so that each week you may light the candles during our worship service candle
lighting liturgy.  

  The Advent wreath was originally a German and Scandinavian home devotional practice
used to mark the four weeks of Advent.  Families would light a candle for each past week
and the current week at their dinner or evening time of prayer. The configuration of candles,
whether in a line or a circle, did not matter. Neither did the color of the candles. What
mattered was the marking of time and the increase of light each week in the face of
increasing darkness as the winter solstice approached.  We can still draw meaning from its
original home use: to mark time while increasing light. Advent, the first season of the
Christian year, is all about time. We await the day described in Revelation 21:23 when,
“The city doesn’t need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s glory is its light,
and its lamp is the Lamb.” At Christmas we celebrate that in Christ, “The true light that
shines on all people was coming into the world” (John 1:9).

     You are encouraged to take pictures of your home advent wreath and send them to
crescentvilleumc@gmail.com.  All pictures will be posted on Facebook and our Websites,
and may even be used for our worship music videos.  In sharing our pictures we are inviting each
other to share our advent journey.  

     Daily advent devotions will also be available if you desire to take time each day of
advent to read God’s word, a short devotion, and prayer.  Your advent candle(s) can be lit
during this time of devotions.  What a great way for you and your family to wait together
for Christmas Day.

     To help you with ideas for making an advent wreath, directions and pictures are on your
church website.
ADVENT WREATH IDEAS   You can make it as simple as having five votive
candles (one for Christmas Eve!).  The candles can be flameless (battery operated) or candles
with real flame.  You can be creative and make the candles into a circle and add some
evergreen.  You can just have five candles together in a straight line.  You can use white, or any
colors, or the colors we use in our churches, (3 purple, 1 pink, and 1white).   The important part
of this entire idea is that you recognize through the lighting of these candles the passage of
time awaiting the coming of Christ, that we are journeying through darkness awaiting Jesus
Christ, the Light of The World!
ADVENT SEASON November 29th  - December 24th 2020