HOLIDAY SEASON EVENTS
Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 | 10:30 am
"A Great Light"
Today Advent is still a time of joyful anticipation, of studying Bible passages that reveal the comings of Christ. For many churches it is also a time for lighting candles in an Advent wreath, a visual aid that helps the congregation better see and understand the meaning of the Advent season.
The wreath, first of all, has a circular shape. The circle, without beginning or end, reminds us of Jesus’ divinity, of his sacrifice in becoming Immanuel, and of his unending love and care for us.
The evergreens, a sign of life amid the starkness of winter, point to Christ’s redemptive gift of life, now and forever. With the assurance of this gift, we can eagerly pray for Christ to return and to restore all of creation.
The Advent candles call forth memories of the contrast between darkness and light—between the darkness of sin and separation from God and the rich messianic promise that God’s people will see a "great light."
The four Advent candles in the wreath are lit successively, one candle the first week, two candles the second week, and so on. On Christmas the center, Christ candle is lit. This tradition of increasing the number of candles each week sharpens our anticipation as it reminds us that we are getting closer and closer to the celebration of Christ’s birth. Jesus announced himself as the completion of Isaiah’s promise of "a great light" when he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12, NIV). The full blaze of light in the Advent wreath on Christmas represents the fulfillment of this promise.
CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Sunday | December 15 | 10:30 am
The choir of Life in Christ Church will present a program of readings and Christmas music with choir pieces by John Rutter, Mack Wilberg, Mark Hayes, Bradley Ellingboe, and many more.
The choir will be accompanied by:
piano - Gisela Chodos
flute - Cory Maxfield
oboe/English horn - Charlotte Bell
clarinet - Myroslava Hagen
bassoon - Leon Chodos
JAZZ VESPERS | BLUEGRASS CONCERT
Thursday | December 19 | 7 pm
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
Tuesday | December 24 | 7 pm
Join us Christmas Eve as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the joy, hope, and peace he brings to the world.