Advent

A season for hope, joy, peace, and love. 

Advent Sermon Series

Sermon Series: From Generation to Generation

From Generation to Generation… reminds us of the ways our lives, histories, actions, and stories are interconnected and woven together. The work of God is always unfolding—in and through us. This Advent, may you remember that you belong—to a story etched into the wrinkles of time, to generations that have come before and will come after, to a love that won’t let you go.

 

November 27: First Sunday in Advent. Lighting of the Advent Wreath. Creating the Prayers of Christmas Wreath. Scripture: Matt 1: 16-17; Isaiah 2: 1-5. Message: 23 and Me and You. The message will include a fun video to help us think about Generations to Generations

 

 

December 4: Second Sunday in Advent. Lighting of the Advent Wreath. Chancel Bell Choir. Communion. Scripture:

Luke 1: 26-38. Guest Preacher Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson

 

December 10: Third Sunday in Advent. Lighting of the Advent Wreath. Children’s Choir. Service of Lessons and Carols.

Scripture: Luke 1: 39-58. Message: Getting Ready

 

December 18: Fourth Sunday in Advent. Lighting of the Advent Wreath.

Children and Youth Christmas Pageant, The Christmas Roadtrip.

 

 

Advent Special Offering

Since May, Ames Interfaith Refugee Alliance – AIRA

has helped welcome 9 families including 15 adults and 7 children ages 4 to 14 to the Ames area. The children are attending Fellows, Sawyer and Gilbert Elementary, Gilbert High School, and Ames Middle School. The families come from several different cities in Ukraine and many have left family members at home. Several of the adults are studying English with volunteer tutors and through DMACC ELL classes. Some have found employment. Two families have recently moved to their own rental units from their host family homes.

AIRA has raised funds to pay initial living stipends, transportation,

initial housing costs, and government application fees. This Advent season we at Collegiate Wesley would invite you to give a special holiday gift to AIRA to assist in welcoming more individuals from Ukraine to the Ames area and also assist in sponsoring individuals that are already here. Starting on November 27th you’ll be able to make donations to our Advent Special Offering.

How can you support this special offering?

1. Pray. Pray for our community as it works to be a welcoming community.

2. Give. You will be able to do that online, through the mail or offering baskets.

3. Share. Share with others about this giving opportunity.

You can give here.

Christmas Eve Before You Leave

Wednesday, December 21st 7:00 pm

Holiday plans taking you out of Ames on Christmas Eve? Have other Christmas Eve commitments and can’t make it to any of our Christmas Eve services? Love Christmas Eve services so much you want an early opportunity to attend one. We would love for you to join us at Christmas Eve Before You Leave. This interactive, intergenerational service will include special music, carols, the Christmas story, and of course candle lighting with Silent Night. Following the service stop by the hot chocolate bar and take some pictures at the photo booth.

 

Christmas Eve Services

December 24, 2022

“We tell this story every year. We tell this story because it illustrates so clearly God’s desire to be in relationship with us. We tell this story because we, too, are invited to come to the manger and witness the miracle of birth. We tell this story because it brings us hope and good news—hope especially for those deemed powerless, unworthy, or unwelcome. We tell this story because it is a story we need to hear again and again; if we didn’t tell it, what would become of our faith? And so, on this night, we tell this story to pass along this good news and to continue to thread the generations together with hope” Sanctified Art, From Generation to Generation.

 

Come tell the story with us on Christmas Eve

  • 5:00 p.m. Interactive, Intergenerational service: Active, Carols and Candle Lighting.
  • 7:00 p.m. Traditional Service: Carols, Communion and Candle Lighting (This service will be live streamed)
  • 11:00 p.m. Service of Lessons and Carols, Communion, and Candle Lighting

 

Click here to view the 2022 Advent Communicator