Advent 2021

Advent has always been a season of waiting. Not just for Christmas or the birth of the Christ child (that already happened), but for the world that child grew up to promise—a world in which we all finally and fully live as Christ commanded. This Advent it is time for us to shine the light of God in a world covered in darkness. We should join together in building the world promised by Jesus Christ.

This advent, LET THERE BE LIGHT!

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Advent Devotional 2021

LIGHT … our COMPANION
The liturgical season of Advent is upon us. This year our Advent brochure uses the theme LIGHT … our COMPANION acknowledging that the “WORD”, ‘LIGHT’, became flesh and dwells among us.” These daily devotions of reflection, poetry, and story come out of the fabric of our living with the Light of Christ appearing and guiding us .

Devotions are compiled by Bonnie Matthaidess, Spiritual Director; and the Rev. Susan S. Shafer, Senior Minister, Emerita

Advent Events

Hanging of the Greens

Wednesday, December 1, 12-7 pm, Gathering Center

Please join us on Wednesday, December 1st as we gather together for the return of the Hanging of the Greens. Our tentative itinerary is as follows:

  • 12–2 pm: Gathering Center tree set up 
  • 2–4 pm: Gathering Center tree decorating 
  • 4–5 pm: Situate outdoor wreaths and lights
  • 5–7 pm: Children's Tree set up and decorating
  • 6–7 pm: Wrap up

Please commit on the Sign Up Genius by clicking here if possible, but come as you are able. Many hands make light work so we look forward to seeing you there!

Contemplative Service (Taizé)

Wednesdays during Advent, 6 pm, 1040 Sanctuary

A contemplative service featuring moments of silent reflection and musical interludes.

Caroling Around ´╗┐the Tree

Wednesdays during Advent, 7 pm, 1040 Front Lawn

Come join us for hot cocoa and singing carols around the tree on the front lawn in front of the church every Wednesday during Advent!

Longest Night Service

Tuesday, December 21, 2 pm, 1040 Sanctuary and Livestream

This reflective moment of worship is a sacred space for those who may feel a special pain or hardship—whether from the loss of a loved one, loneliness around the holidays, and more. Please join us on Tuesday, December 21 at 7 pm for this unique and meaningful service.

If you have any questions about the events or services for the Advent season and for Christmas Eve, please call the church office at 585-271-1050 or email info@asburyfirst.org. Let there be light!