Join Us for Advent & Christmas Eve Services in Fox Chapel – 2017
Join us for 2017 Advent & Christmas Eve Services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Fox Chapel
We welcome you to come to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Fox Chapel for our Advent and Christmas Eve services. View a Google Map of our location or contact our office if you need help finding us or have any questions.
|December 3||8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.||First Sunday in Advent|
|December 10||8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.||Second Sunday in Advent|
|December 17||10:30 a.m.||Third Sunday in Advent - Children’s Christmas Pageant & Hors d’oeuvres Following the Service|
|December 24||9:00 a.m.||Sunday Morning Worship|
|December 24||4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.||Two Christmas Eve Candlelight Services -- 4:00 p.m.: Family Candlelight Service, Bell Choir -- 7:00 p.m.: Festive Candlelight Service, Bell Choir|
|December 31||9:00 a.m.||New Year's Eve - Lessons and Carols|
Learn More About the Season of Advent
During Advent, we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came into the world as both God and man so that our sins might be forgiven. It is a time of great anticipation and excitement as we wait for his birth.
The Advent Wreath
There is no one “correct” way for an Advent wreath to be fashioned. All Advent wreaths are rich with symbolism to help understand and remember the true meaning of the season and what is to come:
The wreath is a circle to remind us of God’s never-ending love for us.
The light from the candles symbolizes Christ coming as the light of the world.
The wreath is built out of evergreens, to remind us of eternal life with Christ.
There are four candles spaced along the perimeter of the wreath; one for each Sunday in Advent.
These four candles are blue, which is the color of hope; we wait with Hope for Christ.
Names of the Advent Candles
The Prophecy Candle: It reminds us that Christ’s coming was foretold by the prophets.
The Shepherds’ Candle: The shepherds were the first to be told of the birth of the Messiah; the first to behold Christ and to spread the word to all.
The Angel’s Candle: Angels appeared in the sky, announcing Christ’s birth — Glory to Gold in the highest, and peace to His people on Earth (Luke 2:14). In some traditions, a pink candle is used; pink is another color symbolizing hope.
The Bethlehem Candle: Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to be enrolled as part of the Roman census, and while they were there, Jesus was born.
The Christ Candle: It is white and is to represent purity and light; it is lit on Christmas Eve to mark Jesus’ birth.