Season of Advent

Nov 28 – 1st Sunday of Advent: HOPE

Dec. 6 – 2nd Sunday of Advent: LOVE

Dec. 13 – 3rd Sunday of Advent: PEACE

Dec. 20 – 4th Sunday of Advent: JOY

Poster – Advent 2015


Events in Grace Church’s Season of Advent:

Christmas Party and Ruminate Magazine Benefit – Friday Dec 11th 6:30 – 8:30 PM

@ Galvanize in Old Town (242 Linden St)

Gracekids Christmas Outreach – Saturday Dec 12th 1 PM

@ The Winslow Retirement Community (909 Centre Ave)

Grace youth Christmas Party for MS and HS – Sunday Dec 13th 6 -8 PM

@ the Mikkelsen’s Home

Gracekids Christmas Pageant Sunday Dec 20th after worship

Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols Service – Thursday Dec 24th 5 PM


What is the Season of Advent? 

The great proclamation “The  Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14) assures us that God has entered into human history through the incarnation of the Son. The season of Advent, a season of waiting, is designed to cultivate our awareness of God’s actions—past, present, and future. In Advent we hear the prophecies of the Messiah’s coming as addressed to us—people who wait for the second coming. In Advent we heighten our anticipation for the ultimate fulfillment of all Old Testament promises, when the wolf will lie down with the lamb, death will be swallowed up, and every tear will be wiped away. In this way Advent highlights for us the larger story of God’s redemptive plan.

A deliberate tension must be built into our practice of the Advent season. Christ has come, and yet not all things have reached completion. While we remember Israel’s waiting and hoping and we give thanks for Christ’s birth, we also anticipate his second coming at the end of time. For this reason Advent began as a penitential season, a time for discipline and intentional repentance in the confident expectation and hope of Christ’s coming again.

The Advent season includes the four Sundays preceding Christmas. Worship on these Sundays should be designed to help people see the tension between celebrating and hoping. Special attention should be given to visual displays in the worship space.

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Advent Lessons: The Angel Comes to Mary

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Advent Lessons: The Angel Comes to Mary

Sunday, December 17, 2017 (Sunday Worship)

Luke 1: 26-38| Scott Lowe

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Advent Lessons: Christmas from Afar

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Advent Lessons:  Christmas from Afar

Genesis 3: 8-19

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 The Lord God said to the serpent,“Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.” 17 And to Adam he said,“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

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Advent 2016: For Unto Us a Child is Born

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Advent 2016:  For Unto Us a Child is Born

Sunday, December 25, 2016 (Sunday Worship)

Isaiah 9:6-7| Scott Lowe

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Advent 2016: The Wise Men’s Visit

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Advent 2016:  The Wise Men’s Visit

Sunday, December 18, 2016 (Sunday Worship)

Matthew 2: 1-12| Scott Lowe

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Advent 2016: The Angels’ Song

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Advent 2016:  The Angels’ Song

Sunday, December 11, 2016 (Sunday Worship)

Luke 2:13-20| Scott Lowe

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Advent 2016: The Shepherds’ Shock

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Advent 2016:  The Shepherds’ Shock

Sunday, December 4, 2016 (Sunday Worship)

Luke 2:8-12| Scott Lowe

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Advent 2016: He’s Here

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Advent 2016:  He’s Here

Sunday, November 27, 2016 (Sunday Worship)

Matthew 1:19-25 & Luke 2:1-7| Scott Lowe

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