Advent and Christmas

Advent

candleAdvent is a season of hope and expectation for the mystery of God to born among us. During this time of waiting, we wrestle with all the parts of our world -- and of our own lives -- that cry out for healing and redemption. We resist the consumerist urge to fill our longings with things we can buy, or by numbing our feelings so we can't truly feel them. 

In Advent, we gather each Wednesday night (Dec. 6, 13, and 20) at 7:00 PM for an informal meal, and then join in a quiet, contemplative 20-minute service of Evening Prayer. Our Sunday services in Advent (Dec. 3, 10, 17, and 24) are also more reflective as we anticipate the joy of Christmas.

Each Advent we commit to an intensive appeal as a congregation to meet a need in our local community or somewhere else in the world. This year we are collecting gifts as part of the Angel Tree program, which brings presents to children whose parents are incarcerated. We are also collecting items from the wish list for Citizens Inn, a local agency that helps transition families out of homelessness.

Christmas

yelena cherkasova the nativity undatedAt Christmas we celebrate that we are not alone in the universe, and that God has come to dwell among us in the flesh. Our deepest longings for love, reconciliation, and peace are met in Jesus Christ. 

We have two celebrations of the Holy Eucharist by Candlelight on Christmas Eve at 4:00 and 10:00 PM. The earlier service has a children's message and music from our choir, and the later service has beautiful solo music and incense. The services are otherwise identical. 

Please note: The 10:30 AM service on December 24 will be an abbreviated service of Morning Prayer for the Fourth Sunday in Advent. Christmas Eve services are at 4:00 and 10:00 PM.

The Christmas season lasts for twelve days and includes New Year's Eve, which is a Sunday this year. Begin the new year rooted in your identity as a child of God. The feast of Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord concludes the Christmas season on January 7. On this day our children will lead us in a re-telling of the ancient story through a modern lens. We'll sing some more carols and become part of the story ourselves, remembering our own baptisms.