10:30 am FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, DECEMBER 23. In this special service on “little Christmas” we will go “inside” the story of the preparation for Jesus’ birth, as told by St. Luke. We’ll meet Zechariah as he encounters a heavenly messenger in the Temple; we’ll stand with Mary as she recalls her encounter with the angel Gabriel; we’ll witness the meeting of Mary and her relative Elizabeth talking about the changes that God is bringing about in their lives and in the world. The angel’s message, DO NOT FEAR, shapes our understanding of what God’s birth among us 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. Come early if you want to participate in carol singing before the service begins! The sermon message on Christmas Eve will center around a story in which loss is transformed into hope. Join us as we light candles against the darkness, rekindle hope and faith in God’s presence with us, and proclaim the birth of the Christ Child—whose light no darkness can overcome.