Aurora Church opens Advent season with lit candles, Christmas carols

On Sunday, November 28, Flowing Forth United Methodist Church in Aurora joined UMC churches around the world in lighting the first Advent wreath candle.

Reverend Derek Rogers lit a crown candle after a scripture reading and prayer from faithful Judy Bieritz of Aurora. Continuing a church tradition, selected devotees help light the wreath candles by reading a selection of scriptures and a prayer. The wreath celebrates the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, Saturday, December 25.

Flowing Forth UMC loves it online and in person at 5pm on Sundays at Restaurant Pal Joey, 2030 Main St. in Batavia. The public is invited. Entrance and parking are free.

Donations are accepted for a meal served with open table worship. Worship includes communion with prepackaged items, scriptures, prayer, a pastoral message, a meal, and small group table discussions.

During Advent, Reverend Rogers’ series of sermons is “He Shall Be Called.” Based on the titles given to Jesus by the prophet Isaiah, the sermons are “Mighty God” on December 5; “Eternal Father”, December 12; and “Prince of Peace” on December 19th. In his sermons, Reverend Rogers explores what the names say about who Jesus can be to everyone today.

Added for Advent is a “Songs of Christmas” study series featuring a vintage Christmas hymn song and reflections on their lyrics. Reverend Rogers and religious music leader John Douglas will conduct the series at 10 a.m. on Sundays, December 5, 12 and 19 at Aurora Christian School 2255 Sullivan Rd. In Aurora. The public is invited. Participants are invited to sing along and reflect on the lyrics to “Joy to the World”, “O Holy Night”, “O Come all ye Faithful” and other famous Christmas carols.

Call (630) 239-2321 or visit for more information.

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