What is Advent?
Advent is the first season of the church year - so, Happy New Year!
This year Advent starts on November 30 and ends on Christmas Eve.
The word "advent" comes from a Latin word that means "coming" or "arrival".
Advent is a season of preparation:
- Preparing our hearts and our community to celebrate the birth(day) of Jesus on Christmas.
- Preparing our faith and our church to watch and be ready for Jesus the Christ to come again with godly power.
- Preparing our lives to be present to God at work in the world every day, every moment.
How We Observe Advent
The video from Busted Halo will give you an overview of the Advent season. One difference in how we celebrate Advent at West Linn Lutheran Church is the use of color. Traditionally purple was the main color of the season - the color of royalty, but also of repentance. To differentiate Advent from Lent (more about that in the spring!), many churches use royal blue as the color of Advent. At WLLC you will see our blue in the flowing cloth that embraces the sanctuary, and in the candles used for the Advent wreath. This is the blue of dawn, just before the sun breaks over the horizon. This is the blue of royalty. This is the blue of hope.
Advent 2015 Theme at WLLC: Will YOU Open
Some things have to be believed to be seen."