We are about the enter the Season of Advent. The word Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus meaning “arrival” or “coming.” The Season of Advent calls Christians to prepare for the comings of Christ. The first week or two of Advent calls us to prepare for Christ’s Second Coming. As we move closer to Christmas, Advent shifts our attention to the birth of the Christ Child. Advent is the first Season in the new church year.

There are many traditions carried on during the season of Advent. One of the most popular and symbolic is the Advent wreath and candles. Lighting an Advent wreath is a custom that began with Lutherans and Catholics in 16th-century Germany. The Advent wreath is a circle of garland with five candles arranged on the wreath. During the season of Advent, one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. The three main colors are purple, pink, and white. Purple symbolizes repentance and royalty. Pink represents joy and rejoicing. And white stands for purity and light and is usually lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Each candle carries a specific name. The first is called the Candle of Hope. The second purple candle is the Candle of Preparation. The third (pink) candle is the Candle of Joy. The fourth candle, which is a purple one, is called the Candle of Love. The last candle is white and sits in the middle of the wreath is the Christ Candle.

The season of advent is a great time to return to the church or to begin your life in the church. This is a great time to start attending services and classes because Advent and Christmas are filled with the joy of the coming of Christ to save you from your sins. It is also a good time because there are a lot of opportunities and activities wherein you meet members and get to know us

With all that in mind, you’re invited to join us each Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. to receive what the Gospel gives (forgiveness of sins, adoption as sons and daughters, and life eternal). If you do not belong to a church or desire a caring fellowship that is faithful to both the Bible’s teachings and biblical liturgies and traditions consider . . .

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
526 E. Washington Street
East Peoria, IL 61611

Thanksgiving Eve Service 7:00 p.m.
Advent begins Sunday December 2nd
Wednesday Advent Services 7:00 p.m. (beginning Dec. 5th)
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7:00 p.m.

Divine Service

Our church is located at 526 E Washington St in East Peoria, and Divine Service with Holy Communion is at 9:00 AM every Sunday. We hope to see you there!

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If you want a reason for why you should consider visiting us or even just think about looking into Lutheranism, check out this essay on Lutheranism

And check out our interactive presentation about Lutheranism and Immanuel. It’s a great starting point!