Heaven and Nature Sing (St. Andrew Advent Theme)

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.

Christian blogger, Mark Roberts, put it this way: “I found that observing Advent enriched my celebration of Christmas. Taking four weeks to focus on the hope of Christ’s coming made me much more joyful when I finally got to celebrate it. The more I got in touch with my need for a Savior, the more I rejoiced at the Savior’s birth.”

Our Advent theme this year comes from the prophecy of the great Hebrew prophet, Isaiah, and is best expressed through the words of a favorite Carol, “Let Heaven & Nature Sing!” Join us as we at St. Andrew cut through the commercialization and craziness of the season to prepare our hearts and homes for the Prince of Peace.

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December 24

6:00 pm - Contemporary Christmas Eve Worship
7:00 pm - Christmas Eve Reception (7:00 - 9:00 pm)
7:30 pm - Traditional Christmas Eve Worship
9:00 pm - Traditional Christmas Eve Worship

Our three Christmas Eve services will feature lessons and carols, along with vignettes personifying the birth of the baby Jesus from the perspective of three commoners: Herod’s palace guard, the Magi’s servant woman, and a fellow traveler.

Before each service, those gathering will sing along with traditional Christmas carols. Then, during the services, special music will include “Mary, Did You Know”, with a flute solo by Emily Yoo, and “A Baby Changes Everything”, sung by Staci Strand. We will pass the candlelight and sing “Silent Night” near the end of each service. Pastor Tim will deliver a short message at each service, and the offering on Christmas Eve will be donated in its entirety to Kids Against Hunger.

So, how do you choose which service you should attend? Well, the first service at 6:00 features the Praise Team leading the music, so that service will have a more contemporary feel. The 7:30 service will likely have the most people attending, so we are opening the Intersection room with a video connection and its own worship leader, and families with small and noisy kids might prefer that option. The 9:00 service will be the easiest to find seats for. Please come to whichever service works out best for you. There will be an ongoing reception from 7:00 to 9:00, to give you a chance to snack and socialize when you are not in the service. We hope that you are blessed by experiencing the excitement of celebrating Jesus' birth with us at Saint Andrew.

December 29

10:00 am - Worship / Carol Sing (blended, one service only, no Sunday School)

We welcome one and all to attend our worship services and activities. May you be blessed, by Christ, through us at St. Andrew.