An Empty Stand
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Bulletin: November 29, 2015
The First Sunday of Advent
- Praise: O Come, O Come Emmanuel (lyrics & melody, story & devotional, Contemporary, choir, 2, instrumental, Nativity Story YouTube)
- Preparation: Of the Father’s Love Begotten (lyrics & melody, video, acapella, 2, background, 2, commentary)
- Response: O How Shall I Receive Thee? (lyrics & melody, video, instrumental, background, meditation)
Over the centuries Christians have used many different symbols to express our faith. One of these symbols is the Christmas tree. It may seem a bit odd for a Christian symbol and there are lots of folk today who have Christmas trees in their living rooms who don’t give a second thought to Jesus. But nevertheless, it IS a Christian symbol.
During the four Sundays of Advent this year we will be using this symbol as a tool to help us prepare, spiritually, for Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. You might want to join us at 11.00 a.m. this Sunday to find out what a missionary named Boniface chopping down an oak tree, Prince Albert (the person, not the city), and decorated trees have to do with the birth of Jesus the Christ….