We often think of the time before Christmas as part of the Christmas Season. Instead, it is really the penitential season of Advent. (You will notice the color of the paraments is deep blue, not the festive white.) This season can be one of deep reflection as we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Christ, the Incarnate of God.
This year, we meditate on these scriptures with the theme of “Shine Light!” in our minds. We offer this collection of writings to you as a framework for your own Advent meditations. Each reflection is unique, written by a diverse group of people with diverse backgrounds; each meditation is beautiful in its own way.
Please join us in all of our opportunities for worship, service, prayer and observance. The full calendar for the season is available on our Advent page, further information is also available by calling the church office at (310) 393-8258.
May you find these days to be holy and blessed.
First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica
Spiritual Formation Council
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
– John 1:1-5
Advent Devotionals Booklet available Sunday December 2
Look for the Advent Devotional Booklet beginning Sunday December 2nd at the Sunday Hospitality Table, in kiosks around campus or in the church office. Subscribe below to receive a daily Advent Devotional by email.