Advent is the first season in the church calendar. We begin the Christian year by remembering the promises of God made to humankind. The First Coming of Jesus was part of those promises. Christ’s birth, life and teachings, death, resurrection, and ascension all happened as foretold by the prophets. God has also promised a Second Coming—a New Advent—when sin, evil, and death will be overcome, and all of creation will be fully redeemed and made whole.
As we wait in Advent to celebrate the already fulfilled promise of the coming of the Messiah, we wait also for what God has yet to complete. During Advent, Christians prepare themselves. We review our lives and ready our hearts, making way for God to bring new life.
The liturgical colours of Advent are violet (signifying penitence) and blue (signifying hope and the dawning of a new day). Some Christians mark each day in Advent by adding an ornament to a Jesse Tree, which tells the biblical story from creation to the birth of Jesus.
Many Christians use a wreath and five candles to mark the Sundays of Advent. The wreath signifies the victory of God’s eternal love. The candles signify expectation (hope), love, joy, and peace. The fifth candle (white) signifies the coming of Jesus, the Light of the world.
Below you will find recordings and printable liturgies from Scattered Prayers and links to various other liturgies we are using during this time of being together while apart. Check back each Sunday for a new edition.