What Is Advent?

Formed from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival,” Advent is the traditional celebration of the first advent of Jesus in humility and the anxious awaiting of His second advent in glory. The season is a time for remembering and rejoicing, watching and waiting. In American Christianity, we’ve got that first part down. As soon as Thanksgiving is over (and sometimes even before), we start putting up the tree and listening to our favorite Christmas songs. There’s nothing wrong with doing these things, of course, but the whole point of Advent is to spend several weeks—four weeks, to be exact—preparing for Christmas instead of celebrating Christmas. It’s about stepping into the shoes of the Israelites, longing and crying out for the Messiah to come. It’s about reflecting on our sin and shortcomings and our need for a Savior. It’s about looking around at our broken world and hoping for the second coming of Jesus. And, once we get to Christmas Day, the celebration of Jesus’ birth becomes that much more spectacular and meaningful.

Excerpt from ‘Seasons: Entering the Story of Jesus’ by The Village Church


ADVENT SERMON SERIES

One of the central questions of Advent is: how will we make room for Messiah? The popular Christmas carol Joy to the World has a line which says, “Let every heart prepare him room.” This is what Advent is all about—-making room for Messiah’s arrival. However, many of us don’t have space for the Christ to be birthed in us. Like the innkeeper in the birth narrative of Jesus, we too shut the door on Jesus. In what ways have we shut the door on Jesus; and how is the Holy Spirit inviting us to make room? Let’s consider these questions together during this Advent season.


Devotional Resources

  Breaking the Silence   An Advent devotional written by Pastor Drew that engages the season with God’s heart for racial justice.  Download  here

Breaking the Silence

An Advent devotional written by Pastor Drew that engages the season with God’s heart for racial justice.

Download here

  Seasons: Enter the Story of Jesus   A resource created by The Village Church that offers daily devotional readings to guide you through the season.  Download  here

Seasons: Enter the Story of Jesus

A resource created by The Village Church that offers daily devotional readings to guide you through the season.

Download here

  Bearing the Wait   A 24-day devotional offered by the Covenant Church, our denomination.   Download  here .

Bearing the Wait

A 24-day devotional offered by the Covenant Church, our denomination.

Download here.