AdventExperience Advent at Trinity
Experience an Advent that really matters with Trinity!
Advent is an important season for us. Amidst the chaos and confusion in our world, we take time to be still, be quiet, and wait for Jesus..
Advent and Christmas will look different this year, but they are no less important. This season of waiting and preparation is a joyous one. At Trinity, we take that seriously.
This year we have prepared an Advent Kit for every household. We hope that you will use this kit and the items in it to fully experience the season of Advent this year. We are excited to see the magic of Advent and Christmas come alive as you prepare your homes and your hearts for Christmas.
The Advent Candle
Each kit contains an Advent kalenderly (countdown candle). It is our hope that you will choose a specific time of day to pause and reflect each day during this Advent season.
The candle serves as a countdown to Christmas. You will light the candle as you reflect and pray and then blow it out just before it reaches the next day’s number. We encourage you to pray this prayer daily as you light your kalenderly:
An Advent Prayer for the people of Trinity:
Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world,
come into my (our) heart(s),
come into my (our) home,
come into our church,
come into our world.
Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen
This week we invite you to begin preparing your home for Christmas. As you decorate and prepare for guests and celebrations, we hope that you will prepare your hearts for the coming of the Christ Child.
Who needs to be welcomed into your home or your heart this season?
This week we invite you to add this Trinity ornament to your tree and to share your holiday preparations with us.
Show us your favorite Christmas decoration and tell us why it brings you joy.
You can do this with a photo and a caption or post or you can make us a video, give us a tour, and/or tell us a story. Share those to our Facebook Post or share them on your own social media using our #ExperiencingAdvent hashtag.
Let’s share our Christmas preparations with one another and ‘gather’ together while apart by virtually sharing our decorated homes.
May we remember this week that love, the guest, is on the way.
This week we invite you to pay attention to signs of new life and growth around you.
Where do you see signs of life this week?
We also invite you to find a way to care for the Earth this week.
What can you do to conserve/save/recycle/reduce waste this week?
This week we want to see the signs of life and beauty you find around you.
Take a photo of something beautiful you see outside or of something that brings you life or growth this week and share it with us.
We also want to see how you are caring for the Earth and for God’s creation. Did you create a space for recycling in your home? Did you plant a new tree or shrub or bulbs that will bloom in the spring? Did you add more greenery to your Holiday decorations? We want to see photos or videos of it all! Share those to our Facebook Post or share them on your own social media using our #ExperiencingAdvent hashtag.
May we remember this week that new life grows from the smallest seed, that caring for our world honors our God, and that there is beauty and life all around us, we just have to look for it.
May we remember this week that love, the rose, is on the way.
This week we invite you to make a batch of star shaped cookies. As you bake, we invite you to think about where you have seen the shining light of Christ during this season.
Where has light shone through the darkness for you?
This week we’d love for you to share the light of Christ with others. And, we’d like you to include cookies! Bake a batch of your favorite Christmas cookies this week (bonus if they are star-shaped), and share them with someone else. Could you leave them on a neighbor’s porch? Take them in to the office? Mail them to family? Or, if you aren’t comfortable sharing food at this time, make some cookies for your own household, then send the cookie cutter off to someone else and encourage them to do the same.
Online we want to see photos of your Christmas cookies. Share those to our Facebook Post or share them on your own social media using our #ExperiencingAdvent hashtag.
We’d also love for you to share your favorite Christmas Cookie recipe so that we can be inspired to bake something new!
As we move ever closer to Christmas day, we know that we are guided, just as the three kings were so many years ago, by God’s light.
May we remember this week that love, the star, is on the way.
Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Virtual Caroling)
This week we invite you to offer the gift of music to someone. Because of COVID-19, we can’t Christmas carol as we typically do, but we can still sing and share music, as long as we do it safely.
How has music brought you joy this season?
This week we invite you to download the music track of Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. You can also download the songsheet with lyrics.
Then, we invite you to use that to virtually carol to a friend, a relative, a neighbor, or a coworker. Make a video with your phone and send it. Use FaceTime or Zoom and sing together. Ring the doorbell then move REALLY far away into the yard.
Whatever you do, make sure the safety of others is your first priority. Music is such a big part of Advent and the Christmas season, let’s make music this week.
Online we’d love for you to share your favorite Christmas song, hymn or carol with us. Add it to our Facebook post or share it to your social media using our #ExperiencingAdvent hashtag.
What do you love about it? What memories does it bring back to you?
Post a link to your favorite version of that song from YouTube or Vevo. And, if you are a musical person or family, we’d love you to share YOUR music with us.
Let’s not let COVID steal our music. Let’s share it together, virtually.
May we remember this week that love, the Lord, is on the way.
This year, our Advent and Christmas Eve offerings will be given to United Methodist Family Services (UMFS). The staff at UMFS works with high-risk children and families across Virginia. Our financial support allows UMFS to make a difference in the lives of these children and their families.
During our Advent worship services, we will have the opportunity to learn a bit more about the many ways UMFS transforms people. Plus, this year, the Trinity Foundation will match up to $5,000 of your giving. Please prayerfully consider becoming an “unwavering champion,” donate to UMFS.
Will you consider giving to United Methodist Family Services this Advent?
You can give online at https://www.trinityumc.net/give/
*When you give online, please be sure to choose “Advent Offering for UMFS” from the dropdown menu.
Are you looking for a way to connect to the season of Advent in a meaningful way? This year Trinity is once again offering our Advent Devotional in digital format. Sign up to receive a daily email or text message devotion prepared to help you reflect on this important season. Don’t miss this opportunity to slow down during what can be the busiest time of the year to reflect on the God who gave us the ultimate gift–his son, born in a manager.
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