This will be a different Christmas for us this year. It will feel very strange not to be together in the sanctuary on Christmas Eve. Whether we’re together or scattered we can still rejoice in what the shepherds heard that night outside Bethlehem: “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord” (Lk. 2:10-11).
Thursday, December 24
Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 Family at 4 p.m. Candlelight at 8 p.m. Our traditional Christmas Eve services will be pre-recorded and premiered on Facebook and YouTube. The Family Service will be at 4 p.m. and the Candlelight Service will be at 8 p.m. Many thanks to everyone who had a role to play in the recording of these services. On behalf of the Session, Deacons, Trustees, and staff, we wish you and yours a safe, peaceful, blessed Christmas. Here’s how you can participate in our worship services this year:
- The Family Service will premiere at 4 PM on Facebook and YouTube.
View the Family Service Order of Worship.
- The Candlelight Service will premier at 8 PM on Facebook and YouTube.
View the Candlelight Service Order of Worship.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom God favors!”
December 27 and January 3
Worship on these Sunday will take place at the usual time but on Zoom (and not on Facebook or YouTube). We’ll share the Zoom link several days in advance. We imagine these services to be very casual (feel free to wear your pjs). Using this format for worship will give our music staff and camera/worship production team a well-earned break.
Advent Marks the Beginning of the Christian Year
From the Latin word adventus, Advent means “coming.” It’s a season of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the birth of Jesus and his return. It was Bernard of Clairvaux (d.1153) who said there are actually three comings of Christ: in the flesh in Bethlehem, in our hearts daily, and in glory at the end of time. Join us in this holy season as we prepare for the coming of Christ.