Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod


QUESTION: Why does the church year begin at Advent, what is the history of Advent, and what is the history behind the Advent candles and wreath?

ANSWER: The word “advent" is from the Latin word for “coming,” and as such, describes the “coming” of our Lord Jesus Christ into the flesh.

Advent begins the church year because the church year begins where Jesus' earthly life began — in the Old Testament prophecies of his incarnation. After Advent comes Christmas, which is about his birth; then Epiphany, about his miracles and ministry; then Lent, about his Calvary-bound mission; then Easter, about his resurrection and the sending of the apostles; and then Ascension (40 days after Easter) and Pentecost, with the sending of the Holy Spirit.

The first half of the church year (approximately December through June) highlights the life of Christ. The second half (approximately June through November) highlights the teachings of Christ. The parables and miracles play a big part here. That's "the church year in a nutshell," and it should help reveal how Advent fits into "the big picture."

Advent specifically focuses on Christ's "coming," but Christ's coming manifests itself among us in three ways — past, present, and future.

The readings which highlight Christ's coming in the past focus on the Old Testament prophecies of his incarnation at Bethlehem. The readings, which highlight Christ's coming in the future, focus on his "second coming" on the Last Day at the end of time. And the readings that highlight Christ's coming in the present focus on his ministry among us through Word and Sacrament today.

The traditional use of Advent candles (sometimes held in a wreath) originated in eastern Germany even prior to the Reformation. As this tradition came down to us by the beginning of this century, it involved three purple candles and one pink candle.

The purple candles matched the purple paraments on the altar (purple for the royalty of the coming King). The pink candle was the third candle to be lit (not the fourth) on Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent. "Gaudete" means "Rejoice!" in Latin, which is taken from Phil. 4:4.

("Rejoice! ... the Lord is near"). Hence a "pink" candle was used to signify "rejoicing." Some also included a white "Christ candle" in the middle to be lit during the 12 days of Christmas (Dec. 25 to Jan. 5).




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Our "in person" worship services are at 10:30 am each Sunday morning.  At this time we ask that you observe the following guidelines:


June 9, 2021

Individuals may make their own choice regarding the wearing of face masks. Hand sanitizer is available in dispenser bottles as you enter the first room or Narthex beyond the exterior double doors.

An opportunity to greet one another will be provided at the beginning of the service. Members and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to get to know those around you.

You are requested to complete the form located at the center isle end of the pew. When complete, please pass the form to others in your row and return it to the center isle.

Several alternatives are available to guide you through worship.  Our bulletins are intended for this purpose and are offered by the ushers. A large screen television is available in the left front of the sanctuary. Bibles and hymnals are available in the pew.

The offering will be collected by the ushers using offering plates passed in the pews at the appointed time during the service.

Pastor Mike will be in the Narthex before the service and following worship to greet those who wish to do so.

The first and third Sundays are normally reserved for communion. Following worship on the second, fourth and possibly the fifth Sunday, we will have a period of fellowship for those who wish to participate in the Founder’s Hall located immediately behind the sanctuary. A light refreshment will be served. Hand sanitizer will be available in dispenser bottles located on the tables near the front of the room.

If you feel uncomfortable coming to worship, but still desire a pastoral visit and Communion, please let Pastor Mike know and he will arrange a visit.