Hi Piper, thank you for your timely question. Today happens to be the first Sunday of Advent.
The word Advent is derived from the Latin word Adventus, meaning, "coming." This coming is linked to Jesus Christ's entrance into our lives each Christmas. The season lasts four Sundays leading us to Christmas Eve. Advent balances two elements that of remembrance and anticipation. We remember Jesus's birth two thousand years ago and we anticipate His coming into our lives now.
Christmas is inextricably linked with Easter. For us to truly celebrate one, we must embrace the other. So, we sing, O Little Town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie, and Hark the Herald Angels sing glory to the newborn King. And then we sing Away in a Manger No Crib for a Bed and O Holy Night. But we also sing deep within our hearts On a Hill Far Away stood an Old Rugged Cross and Beneath the Cross of Jesus I feign would take my stand, then we must sing Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Alleluia and ultimately, we sing Spirit of the Living God Fall Afresh on Me.
I personally invite you, Piper, and all our faithful friends to join us each Sunday in Advent and at our 6 Christmas Eve Services. You wo't want to miss these life altering moments of deep spiritual encounter offering hope and faith to all.