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. 5, 12, and 19) at 7:00 PM for an informal meal, and then join in a quiet, contemplative 30-minute service of Evening Prayer. Our Sunday services in Advent (Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23) 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 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. 

The Christmas season lasts for twelve days and concludes on the feast of Epiphany on Sunday, January 6. Epiphany marks the day that the magi (sometimes called "wise men") found their way to the child Jesus by a star, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.