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Today is the first Sunday of Advent! The word Advent means, “coming” or “arrival.” It is, in a sense, a countdown of anticipation in which we celebrate Christ’s first Advent, or coming, in which he was born into this world as a small child in a manger just over 2000 years ago on Christmas Day.
The wreath and its candles are the visual focus of Advent. One of the candles is lit each week as Christmas approaches. The circle of the Advent wreath has no beginning and no end. It portrays for us God’s timelessness and His eternal plan of salvation. The shape of the wreath is round, reminding us of the fellowship of believers around the world who share with us the celebration of His coming and that God is Eternal without beginning or end.
The four outer candles represent the gifts of His spirit in us, which are: Hope, Peace, Love and Joy. If you will notice, on the outside there are three lavender or purple candles. This color reminds us of sorrow and repentance. The fourth outer candle is pink, which reminds us of joy. The center candle is called the Christ candle. It is in the center because Christ Jesus is the center of our life and existence.
Welcome to Advent 2018!