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Gathering in Love’s Presence: Our Journey to Christmas

posted Dec 14, 2013, 4:59 PM by Melissa Navratil   [ updated Dec 14, 2013, 4:59 PM ]

“Every time we worship we have an opportunity to gather in the presence of the God who is Love.”

Our Common Worship: Singing Our Way Toward Christmas

Sunday December 15, 2013: Christmas Cantata of Dreams

3rd Sunday of Advent will be a combination of special music by the Celebration Chorale and the Ringers of Peace along with reflections based on the Christmas Story in the Gospel of Matthew. This worship service has replaced the Christmas at Peace evening concert of previous years.

Sunday December 22, 2013: Luke’s Singing Toward Christmas

4th Sunday of Advent will include much congregational singing of Advent and Christmas songs and reflections on the Christmas Story in the Gospel of Luke. It will be a time to singing some of you favorite Christmas hymns.

Tuesday December 24, 2013: Christmas Eve Worships

4 pm Family Christmas Eve Worship will be a family friendly Christmas Eve service with be a combination of traditional Christmas Hymns and Christmas Hymns from around the world with a “everyone welcome” Christmas Pageant with all children encouraged to participate. We will sing many of the most familiar hymns written for Christmas and new Christmas Hymns from around the world like “Chinese Lantern Carol” a Chinese Carol, the Medieval French Melody “The Friendly Beasts,” and the modern Christmas Hymn “Some Children See Him,” with these words as the final verse:

The children in each different place will see the baby Jesus’ face like theirs,

But bright with heavenly grace, and filled with holy light.

O lay aside each earthly thing, and with thy heart as offering,

Come worship now the infant King. ‘Tis love that’s born tonight.

9 pm Christmas Eve Worship of Lessons and Carols

In 1880 a Bishop in the Church of England composed a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, based on ancient sources of the Christian faith, for Christmas Eve. In 1918 the Dean of King’s College in Cambridge, England adapted it for a new setting. Our 9 pm service is patterned on this service, adapted for our contemporary setting. We will sing many favorite Christmas hymns illuminating scripture readings which, beginning with creation tell us of the miseries caused by human weakness and mistakes, the prophecies of God’s intention and action which leads to the story of salvation in the coming of Christ in the birth of Jesus.

Both Christmas Eve Services will end with the singing of Silent Night by candle light.

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