Advent & Christmas Eve

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Schedule of Events for Advent

The time before Christmas is Advent, a season to help prepare us to welcome our Savior into our world. Christians prepare for celebrating the birth of Jesus by remembering the longing of the Jews for a Messiah. In Advent, we're reminded of how much we ourselves need a Savior, and we look forward to our Savior’s second coming at the same time as we prepare to celebrate his first coming at Christmas. The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word "adventus", which means "coming" or "visit". In the season with this name, we keep in mind both "advents" of Christ, the first in Bethlehem and the second yet to come.

Our Advent theme is "THE INVITATION: COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS", and each Sunday will celebrate an aspect of God's invitation to us.

Thursday, December 18

Rehearsal for Christmas Eve: Praise Team 6:30, Chancel Choir 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 20

InTouch Ministries is hosting the "Blessing of the Cookies" event again this year. We will assemble and deliver about 60 care packages to people within our congregation who may have had a serious illness, be homebound, lost a loved one, or just had a particularly difficult year in 2014. It's a wonderful experience for both the givers and receivers and is a chance to share in a sacred moment. On December 20 at 10:00 am, we will put the packages together and pray for each of the recipients. Jessica Rhodes is coordinating our volunteers this year -- please email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know how you can help.

Sunday, December 21

Fourth Sunday in Advent: LEAVE THE ITINERARY UP TO ME. God has promised that he will do whatever it takes to get us there, even work through unlikely messengers.
Worship services at 8:42, 10:00 and 11:15 am
Christmas Cantata at first and second services

Wednesday, December 24

Office closes at noon
Christmas Eve worship, 6:00 pm
Christmas Eve reception, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Christmas Eve worship, 7:30 pm
Christmas Eve worship, 9:00 pm

Thursday, December 25

Christmas Day, office closed

Friday, December 26

Office closed

Sunday, January 4, 2015

 We are back to our regular worship schedule:
8:42 am: Traditional worship service
10:00 am: Acoustic contemporary worship service
11:15 am: Contemporary worship service


Please join us at Saint Andrew during the holiday season, and we hope you continue to attend. We welcome one and all to attend our worship services and activities. May you be blessed, by Christ, through us at St. Andrew.