Advent & Christmas
The season of Advent begins December 3. Advent is a time when we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ. It is meant to be a time of reflection and a time set aside to renew our connection to Christ.
Names for the Messiah: An Advent Study – Sundays – 9 am“In Isaiah 9:6, a divine utterance is given to us using four royal titles–Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Names for the Messiah ponders each title and how the people understood it then, how Jesus did or did not fulfill the title, and how Christians interpret Jesus as representative of that title.”
Please join the Rev. Meghan Holland for this 3-Sunday, Advent series, starting on December 3rd at 9 a.m. through Dec. 17. Using Walter Brueggemann’s text of the same title, Mo. Meghan will prepare your heart for Christmas morning and keep you mindful of Christ’s many-faceted presence in your life during this season of preparation. Reading/purchasing the book is NOT required. Main Level – Parish Hall
- Sunday Services during Advent (Dec. 3, 10 & 17):
Join us every Sunday during Advent at 7:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. as we light the Advent Wreath and celebrate Holy Eucharist in preparation of the birth of Jesus Christ.
- An Advent Intergenerational Program – Wednesdays – 6:00 pm
Starting Wednesday, Nov. 29, join us after Wednesday evening dinner as we gather as a church family for a relaxed and leisurely time and journey together through the Advent season with food, play, stories, and prayer. ALL AGES – Parish Hall: 6 pm – 7:40 pm
- Lessons and Carols – Sunday December 10 – 10 am
Lessons & Carols services in the Anglican tradition began in 1878 and was formalized as a Christmas service in 1880 by the Bishop of Truro, later Archbishop of Canterbury, Edward Benson. An Advent version of the service – normally carried out as a procession with lessons and carols – developed slightly later at King’s College and is now celebrated around the world, normally as an evening service on the first or second Sunday in the season of Advent.During the service, scriptural readings are interspersed with choral presentations and hymn, all of which recall mankind’s longing for liberation from sin and death, and our hope and expectation for the both the first and second coming of Christ the Lord. A beautiful service not to be missed!
- Saturday, December 23: Contemplative Advent Eucharist, 5 pm
Join us to light the advent wreath and the Christmas spirit with a quiet reflective service prior to your holiday festivities.
Christmas Eve – No Morning Services
- Holy Eucharist with Children’s Pageant – 4 pm
A favorite family Christmas service! All children in attendance are invited to participate in a Christmas Children’s Pageant. Angels, Mary, Joseph, and yes even the stable animals will be present to celebrate Jesus’ birth.
- Festival Eucharist – 10:30 pm
The 10:30 pm Christmas Eve service features, readings, Christmas hymns, a sermon and Eucharist.