10:30 am FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, DECEMBER 22. On this final Sunday of Advent, Isaiah speaks of a pregnant young woman who is a sign that God is afoot in the world in a marvelous new way. Matthew’s gospel then takes us behind the scenes to Joseph’s struggle and, finally, his decision to stand by Mary, his betrothed. The angel’s message to him, DO NOT FEAR, shapes our understanding of what Emmanuel’s birth will mean for all the vulnerable least ones of the world.
5:00 pm CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY SERVICE. This service, geared particularly for families with children, is less than an hour in length and leaves plenty of time for families to return home to special dinners and family traditions. It includes the singing of carols and a telling of the Christmas story with the participation of the children who are present. Costumes are provided, and all who wish to have a role in the drama are welcome to participate! Please come early so your child can be fitted for a costume. We end with candles, singing Silent Night. Bring your neighbor and visiting guests along for a memorable and joy-filled experience.
10:00pm CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE. Our Candlelight Service with Holy Communion is a traditional service, full of singing and special music by both choir and soloists. This year we’re joined by harpist Susan McLain. Join us as we light candles against the darkness, rekindle hope and faith in Emmanuel–God with us–and proclaim the birth of the Christ Child—whose light no darkness can overcome.