You are invited to explore the meaning of Christmas during traditional worship at Central Presbyterian Church in Waxahachie throughout the month of December.
Christ is coming! That is the message of Advent, which begins Sunday, Dec. 1, and has been celebrated for many years at CPC. The church joins with believers around the world who prepare themselves for Christ’s coming and watch with urgent hope for his return.
What is Advent all about? It means “coming” or “arrival.” Historically, it was patterned after Lent, a six-week period of penitence and preparation for Easter.
Worship during Advent is marked by urgent expectancy as the believing community takes a biblical journey that leads to a joyous arrival at the manger. Along the way, the people of God prayerfully consider how they will prepare for the inauguration of a king whose reign brings peace, joy, love and hope to our world.
The familiar patterns of worship change during the traditional Advent season at CPC. Here is some of what you will see: Each Sunday, candles in the Advent wreath are lit. The sights in the sanctuary and words of the hymns focus on the promise of Christmas. The liturgical color – seen at the pulpit, Communion table and in clergy vestments – changes from the green of “ordinary time” to purple.
Meanwhile, two weekends of December provide an opportunity to step back in time and walk the streets of ancient Bethlehem at Bethlehem Revisited, open from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15. Bethlehem Revisited recreates Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph might have experienced it on the night of Jesus’ birth.
At worship Sunday Dec. 1, children will process in with poinsettias. They will also hang Chrismons on the tree. The Lord’s Supper will be served. The communion table at CPC is open: All are welcome to receive the sacrament at our historic Church.
On Sunday, Dec. 15, worship will include presentation of the children’s Christmas program.
The season will culminate with a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. The Christmas Eve service begins with carols as the believing community gathers for worship. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated and the service closes with the singing of “Silent Night” by candlelight.