In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus is called Emmanuel which means “God with us.” The season of Advent is a time of reflection as we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Advent includes four Sundays. We light four candles to symbolize what’s coming into the world through Jesus’ birth: hope, peace, joy, and love. On Christmas Eve we light the fifth candle, called the Christ candle. The themes and scriptures of Advent play with the notion of light and dark. Jesus is not only God with us, our Emmanuel but also the light of the world which shines through our darkest hours.
The people of Community United Church of Christ hope you will join us on Zoom for these special Advent worship services and events.
Advent Tuesdays – for all ages

Weeks of Advent

November 29- HOPE WITH US

Mark 13:24-37
Mission Offering: The Women’s Center
Advent Tuesday:  Baby’s First Christmas – Enjoying stories of first Christmases with the arrival of new people in our families.

Sometimes in the midst of chaos and darkness, hope is the only lit candle that keeps us going. The definition of hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Within Christianity, there is a notion that hope is an experience beyond simply wishing for a better outcome but rather hope implies action. What actions do you take on a daily or weekly basis that signifies that you are living in hope?


December 6- PEACE WITH US

Isaiah 11:1-10 & Matthew 3:1-12
Mission Offering: Interact of Wake County
Advent Tuesday:  Gingerbread Home Tour – Show and tell of our gingerbread house creations.

“Peace be with you.” The search for peace begins within ourselves. The season of Advent is a time of preparation as we await the Christ child born among us. John the Baptist encouraged people to prepare for the Messiah’s arrival through repentance and baptism. We must first recognize why it is that we need good news before we accept the good news. Peace comes when we can be honest about the state of our lives and spirits through repentance. Peace comes when in our vulnerability and honesty, we can let go of what holds us back from fully welcoming God’s Spirit.


December 13- JOY WITH US

Christmas pageant on Zoom

Advent Tuesday:  Caroling in your Christmas Sweater or PJs – Just like our traditional Christmas party.  Well, almost.

Our amazing youth group has organized a Zoom Christmas Pageant. Come and hear the famous story told anew with special Christmas Carols throughout.

December 20- LOVE WITH US

Luke 1:26-38
Mission Offering: Loaves and Fishes
Advent Tuesday:  Share an Ornament.  Show and tell about an ornament you love and why.
When we think about God’s action in the world, we sometimes ask, “Who am I? Would God call someone like me?” The answer is a resounding, yes! The Christmas story is a reminder that God can bring hope, peace, joy, and love into any situation. God chose penniless, marginalized, unwed, young parents living under Roman occupation to be the conduit of Divine Love. The story is still unfolding. Like Mary and Joseph, what role do we play in birthing and delivering God’s message of hope to the world?

December 21

Winter Solstice Poetry Sharing

Bring a poem about darkness.

December 24

Christmas Eve Worship

5-6PM on Zoom