The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit," begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.
During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.
We hope you will join us during this season through worship and fellowship.
The Wonder of Christmas | Advent Study
This Advent season fills our hearts with the wonder that anything is possible. Rediscover the true wonder of Christmas by sharing the love of Christ with others by joining us for The Wonder of Christmas, our churchwide Advent study, by Edd Robb and Rob Renfroe. Copies of this study are available in the library as a gift to you. Opportunities for you to incorporate this study in this Advent season are as follows:
• Individuals are invited to participate by using this study for an Advent devotion.
• Betsy Butler will lead this study on Wednesdays, November 20, December 4, 11, and 18, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in the John Wesley Parlor.
• Small groups and Sunday school classes are invited to use this curriculum throughout the season of Advent.
• You also can choose to participate in an online group.
Please register below to let us know your plans to participate. The study is open to all. For more information or to receive a copy of this study, please contact Cindy or Julie.
Cindy McKoy | | 706-543-1442
Julie Bridges | | 706-543-1442
Advent Family Gathering | December 1
Join us on December 1 in Hancock Hall for our annual Advent Family Gathering. Breakfast from Mama’s Boy will be served from 8:30-9:30 a.m., followed by Family Worship from 9:45-10:30 a.m. Live music and a family craft will take place throughout the morning.
Katie Ryan |
Sarah Lawing |
Carols and Readings for Christmas | December 1
Join us on Sunday, December 1, at 7:00 p.m. for a brief time of worship to focus and prepare for the season through word and music sung by the Chamber Ensemble in the reverberant chapel.
Stephen Mitchell |
Lessons and Carols | December 8
In 1880, E.W. Benson, then Anglican Bishop of Touro, England, composed a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, based on ancient sources, for Christmas Eve. It is our custom to celebrate this tradition on the second Sunday of Advent. Join us Sunday, December 8, for Lessons and Carols at all three service times. This year’s Lessons and Carols services are based on the hymn “Light Dawns on a Weary World.”
Light dawns on a weary world…
Love grows in a weary world…
Hope blooms in a weary world…
Magnificat | December 15
On Sunday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. the Sanctuary Choir will present Michael John Trotta’s “Magnificat.” Also known as the Song of Mary, the text is taken from the gospel of Luke – where it is spoken by Mary upon the occasion of her visitation to her cousin Elizabeth.
The Athens First United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir is one of seven choirs that commissioned this new work and this will be its Georgia premiere. The choir, joined by a full orchestra, will begin the evening with Randol Bass’s “Praeludium Noel,” an arrangement of five well known Christmas carols for choir and orchestra.
Christmas Eve | December 24
Join us for a candlelight service on Christmas Eve. There are three services to choose from: 4:00 p.m. Children’s Service, 7:00 p.m. Candlelight Service, and 11:00 p.m. Candlelight Service with Holy Communion.