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PostSubject: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeSat Nov 30, 2019 9:52 pm

What does your church do during Advent--the season leading up to Christmas where we commemorate the birth of Christ?

Both my new church and the previous one did the Advent candles.  Someone will have a programmed reading ready each week.  They read it and then light the candles.  I suppose it is meaningful to some if they grew up with this. I did not grow up with this practice, so I find it to be rather dull.  It feels more like man-made tradition as both of these churches I have been in hold on to this like some sort of "sacred cow".

Had I started this church, I probably would not have started this tradition.  But, when you go into a church that has a history of such a practice, you kind of feel like you have to go along with it just to keep the people pacified.

So, we will be doing the Advent candles each week with the final one on our Christmas Eve service.

What does your church do for Advent if anything?

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PostSubject: Re: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeSat Nov 30, 2019 11:03 pm

I don't recall going to any church that did anything during Advent.  If the Baptist church I went to when I was very young did, I don't remember it.
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PostSubject: Re: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeSun Dec 01, 2019 8:30 am

Xid wrote:
I don't recall going to any church that did anything during Advent.  If the Baptist church I went to when I was very young did, I don't remember it.



Most of the Baptist churches I have been to did not do this.  But, these last two have.  Former pastors brought it in and then that sacred cow can't be put out to pasture.

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PostSubject: Re: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeSun Dec 01, 2019 9:06 am

Rooted traditions are hard to pull up.
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PostSubject: Re: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeSun Dec 01, 2019 9:40 am

We do it and it's great, it gives connections to the church past and it has great meaning.
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PostSubject: Re: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeMon Dec 02, 2019 6:47 am

I don't think I have been to a church that didn't do it. We also do it at home.
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PostSubject: Re: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeMon Dec 02, 2019 9:09 am

Not trying to fight here, so take this as an observation. We observe a of man made traditions around Christmas and hardly bat an eye but we seem to want to be Lone Rangers at Church. I find it kind of odd.
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PostSubject: Re: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeMon Dec 02, 2019 3:42 pm

I've only been to one church that did any kind of advent service.  They did a "stations of the cross" event one night.  I thought it was really cool.

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PostSubject: Re: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeMon Dec 02, 2019 4:04 pm

I went to a church that did the candle lighting and always thought it was a bit silly.  But just because it's a man-made tradition, I don't believe there's anything inherently wrong with it and see how it could be helpful in keeping focus on the "reason for the season" as they say.  The church we went to prior to moving to Idaho had a more involved advent celebration that was very carefully and intentionally made down to the choice of songs sang each week, etc.  That was fantastic and really helped bring in one's focus.  Our new church doesn't do anything out of the ordinary that I'm aware of which is fine too since it's very Gospel-centered every Sunday anyways.
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PostSubject: Re: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeMon Dec 02, 2019 5:38 pm

Grew up Lutheran, and it was a staple tradition there. Left that behind in my teens and I don't think I've been to a church since that does it. (AG, Presby, Bapt, Nazarene, C&MA, etc.) Therefore I assumed it was a Lutheran thing, or maybe a holdover from Catholicism. 

My wife didn't grow up in church but has adopted the advent calendar (the kind with the daily reading or whatever) with the kids as a way to help them focus on the Reason for the season. I've had to explain to them what Advent means, and the liturgical calendar, etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeMon Dec 02, 2019 5:41 pm

alldatndensum wrote:
So, we will be doing the Advent candles each week with the final one on our Christmas Eve service.

You mean "The Christ Candle"?
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PostSubject: Re: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 03, 2019 7:06 am

Through The Dark Radio wrote:
alldatndensum wrote:
So, we will be doing the Advent candles each week with the final one on our Christmas Eve service.

You mean "The Christ Candle"?


Yes!

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PostSubject: Re: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 03, 2019 10:54 am

Here's a little history about the Advent wreath candles.

https://www.umc.org/en/content/ask-the-umc-what-do-the-candles-in-our-advent-wreath-mean
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PostSubject: Re: Advent celebrations   Advent celebrations I_icon_minitimeToday at 12:49 pm

My church is doing nothing to celebrate Advent.
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