Advent

Advent Schedule

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.

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Advent I on Sunday, December 1

Worship at 10:30 am

Sermon: First Light (Isaiah 2:1-5 & Romans 13:11-14)
BIG Advent Feast at 5:30 pm
Everyone is invited to join the BIG Advent Feast. Gather in Fellowship Hall from 5:30 to 7pm. Dinner and drinks will be provided, please bring a dessert to share.

Advent II on Sunday, December 8

Worship at 10:30 am

Sermon: On That Day (Isaiah 11:1-10 & Matthew 3:1-12)
Organ Recital at 4 pm
Douglas Heist will be presenting an organ recital at 4:00 p.m. The recital will include music for the Advent and Christmas season as well as some great, varied pieces by Bach, Couperin, Vierne, and Gawthrop. It will showcase the varied sounds and colors that can be heard from our newly refurbished instrument at Catonsville Presbyterian. There is no admission charge. Please plan to attend and enjoy this afternoon of great music.

Saturday, December 14

Caroling at 3 pm

Join us as we spread Christmas cheer to our homebound members and Charlestown friends. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 3 pm. Every age, old to young, is welcome to join and share in the holiday joys of the day.

Advent III on Sunday, December 15

Christmas Carol Service at 10:30 am
Sermon: Singing All the Way (Isaiah 35:1-10 & Matthew 11:2-11). A worship service full of music of the season.
Cookie Walk at 11:45 am
The Cookie Walk is an annual fundraiser for the Santi School in Nepal. Following worship, purchase a large variety of homemade Christmas cookies for gifts or for your own enjoyment.
Blue Christmas Service 7 pm
In the evening come with your sadness and sorrow and join us for a peaceful worship service of music, prayer, and silence. Christmas can be a painful time for many. Know that you are not alone.

Advent IV on Sunday, December 22

Worship at 10:30 am

Sermon: Look! (Isaiah 7:10-16 & Matthew 1:18-25)

Christmas Eve on Tuesday, December 24

Family Service at 4 pm

Join us at 4 pm for this always-wonderful interactive and intergenerational worship service. Arrive early for pre-worship music featuring our youth musicians.
Candlelight Service 8 pm
Then in the evening at 8 pm, come for a joyous service of wonder and light. “All is bright, all is calm.”