Advent


Advent

Advent Welcome to the Messiah's Advent Season! Advent means waiting. This is a time when we are waiting on the Birth of Christ, and we engage in certain practices which help us to mark the passing of the weeks leading up to Christmas. We hope that you will join us on this journey!

Ways to Participate:
  • Watch Daily Advent Devotionals. Our Advent Page will have a new devotional posted each day of Advent. If you have not picked up a copy of the devotional you may purchase and download a copy here .
  • Join us, Christmas Eve, for a Live Nativity (details coming soon).
Advent Week 1
Week 1: Hope (purple)
Light: Today we light the candle of hope.
Read: Psalm 25:4-5
Discuss: What does it mean to have hope? What do you think about when you hear that word? How can we share our hope with others?
Pray: God, we thank you for giving us the gift of Hope. Help us to have hope and to share hope as we wait for Jesus to be born. Draw near to us now in this period of waiting, that we might be full of your Hope. Amen.
Activity: We invite you to create your own advent wreath using either the candles provided in your advent bag or your own candles. Here are a couple of simple examples of how to create your own advent wreath.

 
 


 
 

 

Daily Devotionals: If you have not picked up a copy of the devotional you may purchase and download a copy here .
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Day 2
Advent Week 2 Week 2: Love (purple)
Light: Today we light the candles of hope & love.
Read: 1 John 4:7-12
Discuss: When have you felt or seen God’s love? How can we show God’s love to the world?
Pray: God, thank you for showing us what true love is. Help us to love you and to love one another. We wait for Jesus—who taught us the truest meanings of Hope and Love. Amen.
Week 3: Joy (pink)
Light: Today we light the candles of hope, love, and joy.
Read: Philippians 4:4-6
Discuss: What does it mean to rejoice? How is joy the same or different from happiness? How can we share joy with others?
Pray: God, we thank you for giving us the gift of joy. Help us share that with one another. We wait for Jesus with Hope, as we seek to share your Love, as we are wrapped in the Joy that the gift of Jesus brings. Amen.
Week 4: Peace (purple)
Light: Today we light the candles of hope, love, joy, and peace.
Read: John 14:25-27
Discuss: What does it mean to have peace in your heart? How can we share peace in our family and in the world?
Pray: God, please help us to understand peace and to share it with others. We wait for Jesus’ birth with all the hope, love, joy, and peace that you have generously given to us. Amen.
Christmas Eve or Christmas Day: the Christ Candle (white)
Light: Today we light the candles of hope, love, joy, and peace, and we light the center candle for the birth of Jesus.
Read: Luke 21:1-16
Discuss: The day we have been waiting for is here! How does it feel to celebrate the birth of Jesus today? What does the birth of Jesus mean to you?
Pray: God, today, we are thankful for the birth of your son, Jesus, and for the lessons he teaches us about how to love one another. Help us throughout the year to share hope, love, joy, and peace wherever we go. Let us shine Christ’s light in the world. Amen.
The Giving Tree ministry helps needy families in our area by providing Christmas gifts. To participate, sign up here or contact Karen Westlake, 703-967-2956 (call or text,) westlakejk@gmail.com. We have several families who have been referred by local school social workers. After sign-ups are complete, a  tag for each gift and a flyer with details about how to participate this year will be sent by email, mail, or text. The deadline for bringing gifts to the church is December 13. Thank you in advance for caring for families in our community!

 
Hypothermia 2020-2021:
For a number of years Messiah has hosted adult single homeless people for 1 week during the winter. With Covid-19 this winter, Hypothermia is necessarily very different. Fairfax County and its contracted agent, FACETS, have chosen to open a new temporary winter shelter to house the adult single homeless people in one location in the county. The churches in the county are being asked to take turns providing 3 meals per day at the shelter for up to 65 people. Messiah is continuing its outreach during Christmas Week. At this time two sites are still being considered for this shelter, one in the Tysons Corner area and one near the Fairfax Government Center. Meals from Messiah will have to delivered to the selected site each day of our week. Because of the time of the year and Covid-19, Messiah is planning to use a combination of our regular caterer and volunteer efforts to prepare, package individually, and deliver the meals to the shelter.

In addition, we are being asked to provide other necessary supplies and things the guests might need. The list of those "other" things are shown in the Signup Genius ,
We need all of these things no later than December 13, 2020.
If you would like to donate, click here for the complete list of supplies needed, please drop your donation at the church office by that date. If you have questions contact Bob Crawford.