During Advent, we will look at the prophecy of the coming of the Messiah. Our theme will be the ever-present hope that all of us desire. This will run from December 2 through January 6, 2019.
This seven-week series for the beginning of Advent through Epiphany Sunday is based on Gospel readings which emphasizes themes of watchfulness, looking backwards and forwards in time (at the same time), joyful repentance, trust, and hope.
Advent is a season of anticipation as we spend a lot of time with prophecy from Christ and John the Baptist. Advent is a season of past and future collision in the present. A time of already here (as in Christ did come and is here) and not yet (Christ will come again). If you focus on Christmas too early, you miss the point of the season.
At Christmas time, Pleasant Grove UMC has a Christmas Eve-Eve family service. We sing Christmas carols and many Christmas songs and videos. Our children participate in the telling of the Christmas story. This year, The Grannies of Carroll Vista will be presenting their Christmas puppet show. This is an exciting time of the year and come and bring your children and watch them be mesmerized by the puppets. Christmas punch and cookies afterwards.
Join us for our traditional Christmas Eve Service where you will hear the prophecies about the coming of the Messiah. We will sing traditional Christmas Carols and remember again the importance of Christmas. Closing is the lighting of candles as we sing “Silent Night”. Meet your neighbors and friends afterwards with Christmas punch and cookies.