As concisely stated in Sundays and Seasons (Year B 2024), “The pace of Advent moves quickly today, gathering in the morning for Advent 4 worship and again tonight for Christmas Eve. The theme of waiting is a familiar one for Advent, but this year’s schedule calls to mind the overlapping realities of living in the already/not yet – holding fast to the promises of God while awaiting their fulfillment.”
May the hope, love, joy, and peace of this blessed season be yours to know and share.
The Rev. Wynemah Hinlicky
St. Thomas Lutheran Church
It’s one of those years when some confusion can set in. On December 24th, are we celebrating the 4th Sunday of Advent or Christmas Eve? The answer is “yes”!
Because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, we will hold fast to our Advent practice of lighting the fourth candle on the wreath during our morning worship at 10:00 a.m. as we joyfully anticipate Christ’s birth among us. Then, we will offer our traditional candle-light service at 5:30 p.m. Both will include the celebration of Holy Communion during which we always celebrate the coming of Immanuel, God with us.