This weekly series is brought to you by OBHC President Elect, Greg McNeece. Click here to learn more about Greg. From our OBHC family to yours, we are delighted to share the joy of Advent.
Happy Thanksgiving! I pray you and your loved ones have enjoyed a day of fellowship and thankfulness to God for His many blessings.
As we move into the last month of 2016, we each can say this year has been a year of change. Change has been on each front of our life. We certainly have seen it in our financial, political, healthcare, personal, and yes, in our spiritual life.
As Christians who live in an ever-changing world, we draw even more to this season of Christmas celebration. In the midst of overwhelming commercialism and cultural focus on all the wrong things, we have the opportunity to pause and reflect on the events and significance leading up to the birth of Jesus.
I am asking you to join my family each week through the Advent season. Together, we will lead our families on a spiritual adventure through Advent and experience the coming of our Savior in a fresh, meaningful way.
Advent. What is it exactly?
Advent is a special time of the year which allows believers to mark a time in their busy schedule with a weekly look of anticipation to the day we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The word advent comes from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “arrival or coming.” Advent typically involves a time of prayer and reflection. For others, it may include a time of fasting. For everyone involved in the season of Advent, it culminates with a time of joy and celebration.
When is Advent this year?
For this series, there will be a new Advent blog post for the next four Fridays. My family and I will be celebrating on the immediate following Sundays. This year, those Sundays are:
- Week One: Prophecy Candle- November 27
- Week Two: Bethlehem Candle- December 4
- Week Three: Shepherd Candle- December 11
- Week Four: Angel Candle- December 18
Then, we will light the Christ Candle, on Christmas Eve, December 24. We hope you will join our family on this adventure!
What do you need to commemorate and celebrate Advent?
- 5 candles- We will use three purple, one pink and one white candle.
- Lighter or matches
Traditionally, a wreath and candles are used to celebrate the Advent season. With this, there are 5 total candles. There are several thoughts on the actual colors used for the candles. Many use three purple candles, one pink and one white candle. Based upon where you place your advent wreath, the size of the wreath as well as the size and type of candle used is totally preference. Once you place your wreath on a flat surface, you are ready to nestle your candles into the wreath. On the perimeter, place three purple and the one pink candle. The white candle will be used last and will be placed in the center of your advent wreath.
Now that your wreath is in place and assembled, you are ready to begin the Advent season. Over the course of the next four weeks, you will receive an email which will guide you through an understanding of the significance of the advent season, look at scripture that supports each week as well as an application of the week into your own journey of preparing for the “advent” of Jesus.
Prayer as you begin…
Say a prayer as an individual or with your family and friends whom you will gather on a weekly basis to journey through the Advent season.
“Father, today as I begin the preparation of the Advent season, I pray I will spend the time this season to slow down, spend more time in reflection and anticipation of the arrival of Jesus into this world and ultimately into my life. I pray that I will be looking for ways to see you at work today and not be so caught up in the culture’s way of celebrating the birth of Jesus.”
OBHC President Elect