Advent at UPC
“Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again. In its historical origins, the season of Advent was patterned after the season of Lent, a six-week period of penitence and preparation for Easter. Similarly, the four weeks of Advent present an opportunity for communal discernment and personal examination, as the church prepares to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord and looks with hope for Christ’s return. from the Presbyterian Mission Agency
UPC observes the season of Advent beginning in darkness in anticipation of the coming of the Light of the World. We begin preparations on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, Reign of Christ Sunday, November 26. Join us after worship that Sunday, as we work together in the Hanging of the Green, preparing the sanctuary for the Advent Season. Then, worship with us that evening in the final Taizé service of the semester, 7:00 p.m., UPC Sanctuary.
December 3, the first Sunday in Advent, plan to participate in the inter generational Advent Experience, 9:00 a.m., upper level of the education building. You’ll learn more about observing Advent at home, make your own Advent wreaths, hear music offered by the Laudate Childrens Choir, and share in light refreshments. Following worship, head to the Great Hall, lower level, for the Alternative Gift Market. There, you’ll find more than 20 nonprofit vendors offering a variety of goods and services, all fair trade, that make wonderful gifts. All proceeds benefit the charities directly. Be sure to purchase lunch; the cost benefits the UPC UPLift financial assistance program.
December 10, the second Sunday in Advent, make plans to go caroling with the UPC Deacons after worship. We’ll share in a simple meal, then divide into groups and take our new caroling books from the Glory to God hymnal and travel to our members under covenant care to sing songs of hope and peace.
December 17, the third Sunday in Advent, the UPC Chancel Choir offers a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols during the 11:00 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary. As it always does, this service will tell the story of “the loving purposes of GOD from the first days of our sin unto the glorious Redemption brought us by this Holy Child . . . the Babe lying in a manger.” It begins with the traditional processional solo,”Once In Royal David’s City.” Please plan to be in worship to experience this wonderful service, and invite your friends!
December 20, 2017, please join use in Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m. for the Longest Night Service. While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, not everyone feels hopeful or feels like celebrating. Grief, illness, depression, loneliness, and loss are magnified. Even those who are not struggling with loss may feel the stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas time. In The Longest Night, we seek to provide a time and place of solace during the often frenetic days surrounding the celebration of Christmas. We come together seeking healing and to find room to share our grief, sadness, loneliness or confusion, emotions that often feel out of place during the season.
Special Announcement: You can worship with us live via Facebook on December 20. Go to facebook.com/UPCAustin/ and look for the live feed.
December 24, 2017, we will observe the fourth Sunday in Advent, with Krystal Leedy preaching. Then, please join us at 5:30 p.m. as our children tell us the story of the coming of the long awaited Light of the World. Return to usher in the Christ child at our candlelight communion service at 8:00 p.m.