The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit," begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.

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The Advent journey toward Christmas includes a special worship experience at Church of the Saviour. On December 8 at 5:00 pm, you are invited to this year’s Advent Vespers entitled Long-Expected Dawn.

Vespers is an evening prayer service with historical origins in the second century. Our adaptation of this service includes spoken narratives and musical offerings from Covenant Choir and Covenant Ringers. Advent Vespers worship has become a significant time of centering for many people. If you desire to step back for a few moments and focus on the coming of Christ, Advent Vespers is for you. Childcare will be available for ages infant—first grade.

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What is Drive Through Nativity? For the past 32 years, Church of the Saviour has hosted the Drive Through Nativity as our Christmas gift to the community! Ten different live scenes capture biblical times with animals and inspirational music. The scenes are placed throughout the parking lot at the back of the church.

Admission is FREE and we have never taken any donations. The event takes place regardless of weather. It takes 10 minutes to Drive Through. You do not have to leave the warmth of your car.


If you are new to Church of the Saviour, this is a MUST activity for all! Family Participation Forms are available in Fellowship Hall. If you'd like to volunteer, click above.