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Advent – A Season of Hope

The Advent wreath has its roots in the pre-Christian practices of northern Europe. People sought the return of the sun in the dark time of the year (at the winter solstice) by lighting candles and fires. As early as the middle Ages, Christians used fire and light to represent Christ's coming into the world. Using this same symbolism, the Advent wreath developed a few centuries ago in Germany as a sign of the waiting and hopeful expectation of the return in glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. The wreath, a circle, came to represent the eternal victory over death through Jesus Christ. The evergreens were a sign of the faithfulness of God to God’s people, even in death, and the lighted candles were a reminder of the light of Christ brought into the world. This symbolism can be just as strong for us today. As is the case with all symbols, they speak most loudly to remind us of God's promises of life when they are drawn directly out of our daily experience and environment. One should consider using only natural materials from God's creation when making an Advent wreath.

Four blue candles matches the blue used for the season, a colour representing hope.  Some assemblies may have the older tradition of using purple candles, keeping purple as the colour for both Advent and Lent. 

This is a great reminder that Advent is to be a time of reflection, preparation for Jesus birth, and of great hope. 

But Christmas isn’t all Love!

The Christmas Season can also be a difficult season for many. If you have had someone die this past year or in the recent past,  the approaching season can be a stark reminder of the pain of separation that death brings. If marriages or relationships have broken down, Christmas can also be difficult time. Christmas Quiet Services are in place to help deal with the contradictions of this season of Hope, Joy, Love and Peace, when pain and grief are filling your heart. A Christmas Quiet service is scheduled for Wednesday Dec. 13th. at 7:00 p.m. at Lakeview United Church 

Many families have difficulties being together and news that a family member is coming to town can bring anxiety! Please know that I am available anytime to listen and help deal with these types of situations. Call or email me at 

Pastor Carla

Christmas can (still) Change the World. 

This year, Give Presence.