Welcome to Advent at Burke UMC

Jun 22, 2021

Behind the Veil Christian Ministries extends a warm invitation to join us in experiencing the joy and significance of Advent. As a community rooted in faith and beliefs, we embrace the rich traditions and deep meanings of this holy season.

The Meaning of Advent

Advent, derived from the Latin word "adventus" meaning "coming," marks the period of anticipation and preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a time of reflection and hope, as we await the celebration of Christ's arrival on Earth.

Embracing the Advent Tradition

During Advent, we partake in a range of meaningful practices, each symbolizing a unique aspect of the season. These practices serve to deepen our spiritual connections and foster a sense of community and belonging.

Advent Wreath and Candles

The Advent wreath, adorned with four candles, holds great significance. Each candle represents a different theme - hope, peace, joy, and love - highlighting the various emotions and values associated with the season.

The first candle, often purple, symbolizes hope, reminding us to remain steadfast in our faith as we await the arrival of the Savior. The second candle, also purple, represents peace, encouraging us to seek inner harmony and tranquility amid the chaos of the world.

The third candle, known as the pink or rose candle, embodies joy. It encourages us to rejoice in the upcoming birth of Jesus and find joy in the anticipation of His arrival. Finally, the fourth candle, typically purple, signifies love, reminding us of the unconditional love that Christ brought to the world.

Advent Calendar

The Advent calendar is a treasured tradition that allows us to count down the days until Christmas. Behind each numbered door or window lies a small surprise, scripture, or reflective message, reminding us of the unfolding miracle of Christ's birth.

As we open each new day, we are reminded to remain hopeful, spread love, and embrace the joy-infused spirit of the season. The Advent calendar transforms the waiting period into a daily celebration of life and faith.

Advent Music and Carols

Music plays a vital role during Advent, as it sets the tone for worship and reflection. Traditional hymns and carols, with their profound melodies and lyrics, elevate the atmosphere and transport us into the true meaning of Christmas.

Through songs of hope, peace, joy, and love, we engage our hearts and minds, opening ourselves to the transformative power of God's grace. Congregational singing, choral performances, and instrumental renditions all contribute to the rich tapestry of Advent.

Advent Devotionals and Scripture Readings

Devotionals and scripture readings serve as spiritual nourishment during Advent. They provide moments of introspection and aid in connecting with the divine message of Jesus' birth.

By setting aside time each day for prayerful reflection, we deepen our understanding of the biblical narrative and rediscover the profound meaning behind the nativity story. These devotionals guide us on a personal journey of faith, preparing our hearts to welcome the Christ-child into our lives.

Join Our Advent Community

At Behind the Veil Christian Ministries, we invite you to join our vibrant Advent community, where faith and fellowship converge. Explore the wonders of this sacred season with us as we immerse ourselves in its traditions, teachings, and transformative power.

Through our engaging worship services, thought-provoking sermons, and interactive activities for all ages, we seek to deepen our understanding of Advent's significance and cultivate a stronger connection to our faith.

Exploring Advent with Children

It is our joy to engage children in the wonder and magic of Advent. We offer kid-friendly activities, such as Advent crafts, storytime, and age-appropriate scripture readings. These experiences foster a sense of wonder and instill values of hope, peace, joy, and love within our youngest members.

Children are encouraged to participate in lighting the Advent candles, embracing the beauty of traditions while developing their own understanding of the season's meaning.

Advent Outreach and Community Initiatives

Advent is a time of giving, gratitude, and reaching out to those in need. Behind the Veil Christian Ministries actively engages in various community initiatives during this season, fostering a spirit of compassion and solidarity.

We encourage our community members to participate in acts of service, whether through volunteering, donations, or supporting local charities. Together, we embody the true essence of Advent - spreading hope, peace, joy, and love to those around us.

Experience the Joy of Advent with Burke UMC

Behind the Veil Christian Ministries welcomes you to experience the true joy of Advent. As we embark on this sacred journey together, let us kindle the flame of hope, bask in the serenity of peace, revel in the abundance of joy, and share love with all.

Join our community and immerse yourself in the beauty and depth of Advent. Discover the transformative power of this holy season as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, reflecting on the profound gift of God's love.

Ken Battiato
Advent brings joy and hope! 🕯️
Oct 15, 2023
Lee Pearson
Looking forward to experiencing the joy of Advent! 🎄🙏
Oct 4, 2023