Advent & Christmas

Advent & Christmas

Advent is a time of waiting, of fixing our eyes on the horizon and watching for what is about to happen. We’re making preparations to celebrate Christmas Day, of course, but most importantly we spend this time preparing and waiting for Christ to be born again into a hurting world. We’re not the first people who have longed for a different world. All through history, people have waited just as eagerly for peace, hope, joy, and love. The scriptures we read in this Advent are not just of people who sat around hoping the world would change. They are of people who acted on this hope, who lived differently because they heard God saying the world could be different.

Join us as we prepare and celebrate the one who promises to make all things new.

During Advent, we will provide a “Take Home” document for each household to use during the week for deeper reflection on the themes and scriptures used in worship. We hope this resource will be valuable to our church family as a tool for spiritual growth and formation during this season.

Take Home for the week of November 27, 2022 here.

Advent begins on Sunday, November 27. In addition to our Sunday morning worship services, we invite you to join us throughout the Advent and Christmas season for the following services:

Sunday, December 4: “Come, Lord Jesus” Evening Advent Service | Sanctuary | 6:30-7:30pm

Join this joyful celebration led by our Youth and Children’s choirs as we complete the decoration of our sanctuary and the lighting of the Crismon tree.

Sunday, December 11: Lessons & Carols | Sanctuary | 9:00 & 11:00am

This Christmas tradition features the Chancel Choir and readers as we walk through the whole salvation story from creation to the incarnation in scripture and song.

Wednesday, December 21: Longest Night Service | Youth Center | 7:00pm

Come for an evening of quiet reflection designed for those for whom the Christmas season is not always joyful or hope filled. A service of scripture, reflection, music, and communion. 

Christmas Eve Services | Saturday, December 24 | Sanctuary

Our Christmas Eve services are the highlight of the season featuring carols, candlelight, and communion. Almost identical services are offered at 5:00pm and 10:30pm.

Early Evening Service

5:00pm | Prelude in the Sanctuary led by Chancel Choir and Strings 

Children and a trusted adult are invited to the gym at 5:00 to create pieces of the Nativity, which will be presented as an act of worship during the service. 

5:30pm Candlelight Communion Service

Late Evening Service

10:30pm | Prelude led by Youth Choir, Chancel Choir, and Strings 

11:00pm Candlelight Communion Service

Christmas Day | Sunday, December 25 | Sanctuary | 10:00am

An informal, family-friendly service that will include a blessing of the toys and Christmas stories.

New Year’s Day–Epiphany Celebration | Sunday, January 1 | Gym | 10:00am

Ring in the New Year with worship that celebrates the Good News that is for all peoples! Led by the Koinonia worship team, this service will include communion.

Featured photo courtesy of Josh Mallman.