Advent 2017: Waiting for the Dawn
Many people, perhaps most, sleep through the dawn. They close their eyes when it's dark, and when they open their eyes it is, almost magically, light. The magnificent, mystical transition, the slow and patient transformation that is dawn, is lost on them. Darkness, it seems, is turned to light by blinking one's eyes. But we know better. We can take the dawning of a new day for granted because the earth's rotation is reliable. But to ignore the phenomenon is to miss a spectacular display of life-giving wonder. One cannot fully appreciate the day without experiencing its dawning.
Advent – the ritual of a new day, of new beginnings – walks its post from Thanksgiving to Christmas guarding aginst the onslaught of self-sufficiency, meaninglessness, and despair. A light dawns: small, struggling, determined. Advent's progressively sharpening focus will reveal that the far-off waving and kicking of the baby's arms and legs in Bethlehem's manger are not helpless flailing; they are the early dance steps of unconfined redemption.
2017 Advent Devotional
The Advent devotional this season is comprised of weekly writings from members of our congregation, as well as daily devotionals written by Dr. Terry York, who is a poet and Associate Dean of Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. Dr. York’s writings were developed around the choral work, Small, Dancing Light, which FPC’s combined choirs will be presenting with orchestra on Sunday morning, December 17, in all services. It is our hope that you will set aside a few moments each day to focus your heart and your prayer time on this season of expectancy as we await the coming of our Lord and Savior. Prepare for the Savior as we, together, await the dawn!
2017 Advent Events
Advent Equipping Seminar
Sundays | Dec 3-17 | 9:40am | Chapel
Join us for our winter Advent Equipping Seminar hosted by the BASICS Sunday School class. During this three-week seminar, we will learn about the history and importance of the season we celebrate called Advent.
16th Annual Advent Missions Market
Sun | Dec 17 | 8:30am-1pm | Palm Court
This year marks the 16th year of the Advent Missions Market here at FPC. The Advent Missions Market offers unique crafts and artisan gifts from our partners that make wonderful Christmas gifts. In addition, the sale of the items provides support for our global ministry partners while raising awareness of their ministries’ vital work.
Christmas Music Worship Services
Sun | Dec 17 | 8:30, 9:45 & 11am | Sanctuary
Chancel Choir and Sanctuary Singers will combine to present special music for the Advent season with orchestra.
Christmas Eve Morning
Sun | Dec 24 | 9am | Sanctuary
Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday! As such, we will gather for one combined worship service at to celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent. This will be a casual, family-friendly worship service for all ages. Please note that this service will be uniquely different from our Christmas Eve services.
Christmas Eve Worship
Sun | Dec 24
Join us for one of our four services as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!
3pm | Children & Family Service | Grand Hall
5pm | Contemporary Service | Grand Hall
7pm | Traditional Service led by Sanctuary Singers | Sanctuary
9pm | Traditional Service led by Chancel Choir | Sanctuary
*Please note that there is no 11pm service this year.