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The whole Advent thing is fairly new to me. I went to church as a kid, but we didn’t talk about Advent.

The word “Advent” comes from Latin, and simply means “coming.” In the 6th century, Advent was tied to the coming of Christ, but not His first coming; His second. Think of some of the words to Joy to the World.

     Verse 2 begins - Joy to the world, the Savior Reigns…

     Verse 3 - No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground…

     Verse 4 - He rules the world with truth and grace…

If you think this is Jesus ruling with truth and grace, with the curse lifted and sins, sorrows, and thorns gone, you need to move to New Mexico. There may be places with more sin, but there are few with more thorns.

By the Middle Ages Advent became linked to the first coming of Christ. Today we celebrate Advent for the four Sundays before Christmas, this year from Nov 28-Dec 24.

At AP, during Advent, we like to remember the first coming of Jesus and prepare for His second. I love what Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, "The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come."

That's us.

To help remember and prepare, we have free devotional readings available at church. If you can’t come, you can click here to join our church in having access to the largest digital Bible study resource in the world. Type “Christmas” in the search bar for some terrific devotionals as well as fantastic children’s videos.

We hope you can join us on Sundays, for our Advent series, Simply Christmas.






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Heb 6:19 (NIV2011)  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.