Advent and Christmas at Immanuel

ADVENT is a season of preparation. “Advent” is from the Latin word “to come.” It’s all about the coming of Jesus!

Though Advent is preparing for Christmas, it is more than that. There are three “comings” of Christ that we celebrate at Advent:

- His coming as the infant Jesus;

- His coming to us now through His Word and Sacraments;

- His coming at the Last Day.

In addition to the four Sundays in Advent, we have the opportunity to worship on Wednesday evenings at 7pm:

- December 6 and 13: Advent Vespers;

- December 20: Children’s Christmas Service.

At Daily Prayer throughout Advent, after the Collect of the Day, it is a long-standing custom to pray the Collect for the First Sunday in Advent. It is our prayer as Christians waiting for Christ’s return in the midst of tumultuous times in a troubled world:

Stir up, we beseech Thee, Thy power, O Lord, and come; that by Thy protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Thy mighty deliverance…

We also take time during the Advent Season to remember our congregation's German language heritage by hosting our annual Weihnachtsvesper, Christmas Vespers in German. All carols, hymns, readings, and the sermon are entirely in German. English translation is provided. This year, we invite you to join us:

- Sunday, December 10, 4pm. Desserts, Coffee, and Fellowship follow.

Then, following our weeks of patient and hopeful waiting, we join together with great solemnity to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ as He came in the flesh with the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord:

- Christmas Eve (Sunday, December 24, 7pm)

- Christmas Midnight (Sunday, December 24, 11pm)

- Christmas Day (Monday, December 25, 10:30am)

Our Lord’s blessings to you this Advent and Christmas!