Advent

The Dos and Don’ts of Re-Gifting

I’ll never forget that sweater. It was 2 sizes too big and a little worn. I forced a fake smile of gratitude and stuffed it back into the bag. I know, I know, I should’ve been grateful for any gift that I got, but at 12 year old, clothes weren’t exactly at the top of…

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Our Christmas Traditions

I hope everyone has had the chance to observe the Christmas traditions of our Chrismons, Poinsettias and Advent Wreath. Now on this the last week before the birth of the Christ child, we can look at a few more traditions that we have embraced at Mt. Bethel. Evergreens Long ago it became a Christian tradition…

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Why Poinsettias?

Hopefully everyone has had the chance to see our beautiful Chrismons on all of our trees and observe our Advent families lighting the Advent Wreath. Now we will look at another tradition for our church, and that is the placement of poinsettias under our trees and at various places around the church. One of the…

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What Gifts Do We Bring to Jesus?

I love giving gifts. There’s no better feeling than finding the perfect gift for someone, wrapping it beautifully with a big perfect bow, and then watching their face as they unwrap it. It brings them joy to receive, and it brings me immense joy to give. Christmas is certainly a season for giving. To mark…

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The Bell

The origin of the bell is unknown. My best guess is that one of my children probably brought home a Christmas craft with an attached bell. Pretty soon, we noticed a jingle in our car as we went around curves, causing the bell to roll across the floorboard of the back seat. I remember making…

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Lighting of the Advent Wreath: A Meaningful Tradition

I am hoping that everyone had the chance to take a look at the beautiful Chrismons that were placed on our trees this last Sunday. This week, we look forward to the fourth Sunday before Christmas and the first Sunday of Advent by lighting the Advent Wreath. Symbols Within the Advent Wreath The Advent Wreath…

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The Gifts We Bring

The Gifts We Bring: An Advent Sermon Series At this time of year we spend a lot of our days feeling a sense of expectation. We watch the Christmas tree fill up with presents, and we can’t wait to see the gifts that have been given to us. This season in the church is called Advent. It is…

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The Special Significance of Chrismons

We will soon begin to celebrate the Christmas Holiday and bring back traditions that have become a part of our preparation for the birth of the Christ Child. This includes the Chrismons that adorn the trees in our church. In 1957, a Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia, decorated their Christmas tree with symbols of the…

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