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: Born of the Virgin Mary

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Advent: Born of the Virgin Mary

Sunday, December 20th, 2015 (Sunday Worship)

Romans 1:1-7 & Colossians 2:9-10| Scott Lowe

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Advent: The Manger Matters

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Advent Sermon Series | 0 comments

Advent: The Manger Matters

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 (Sunday Worship)

Luke 2: 1-7| Scott Lowe

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If the Incarnation Is True: We Have the King of Our Longing!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2014 in Advent Sermon Series | 0 comments

If the Incarnation Is True: We Have the King of Our Longing!

Sunday, December 28th, 2014 (Sunday Worship)

Matthew 2:1-12| Jon Hoppin

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If the Incarnation Is True: Peace Is Possible

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Advent Sermon Series | 0 comments

If the Incarnation Is True: Peace Is Possible

Sunday, December 21st, 2014 (Sunday Worship)

Luke 2:13-20| Scott Lowe

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If the Incarnation Is True: There Is Good News of Great Joy

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Advent Sermon Series | 0 comments

If the Incarnation Is True: There Is Good News of Great Joy

Sunday, December 14th, 2014 (Sunday Worship)

Luke 2:8-12| Scott Lowe

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If the Incarnation Is True: God is Different Than You Think

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Advent Sermon Series | 0 comments

If the Incarnation Is True: God is Different Than You Think

Sunday, December 7th, 2014 (Sunday Worship)

Matthew 1:19-25| Scott Lowe

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If the Incarnation Is True: You Have Purpose

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Advent Sermon Series | 0 comments

If the Incarnation Is True: You Have Purpose

Sunday, November 30th, 2014 (Sunday Worship)

John 1:1-4 & 10-14| Scott Lowe

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The Names of Jesus: Prince of Peace

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The Names of Jesus: Prince of Peace

Sunday, December 22, 2013 (Sunday Worship)

Isaiah 9:6-7 | Rev. Scott Lowe

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