Advent

Virtual Longest Night  – December 21 at 7:00 p.m.:  Our annual Longest Night Service is held on the evening of the Winter Solstice, recognizing that, in what is generally considered a joyous time of the year, many of us experience sadness, melancholy and depression that is amplified in these days of long nights and shortened days.  The cold and loneliness of winter, memories of lost or distant loved ones, worries and challenges in our lives and the lives of those about whom we care, are amplified this year, especially. The Longest Night service is a safe, healing, place to express and attend to these sadnesses through meditation, readings, and gentle music in quiet candle light. 

The Longest Night tradition continues this year in our virtual sanctuary via Zoom. Our time together will conclude with naming names and lighting candles for those we wish to remember. We invite you to have an unlit candle (or two) prepared in your space by your zoom screen. We will transition to our “virtual fellowship hour”-style space (as we do after our Sunday worship services) at worship’s end so all worshippers can be seen and be invited to share the names or prayers of our hearts we wish to lift up, and to light our own candle as we do.  This will be a moving and beautiful way of sharing our prayers with one another. You may leave your home prayer candles glowing in your worship space for as long as you like into the evening.

Christmas Eve–December 24 at 4:00 and 10:00 p.m.:  Our Christmas Eve worship will, in keeping with all of our worship services, be virtual. While we will miss one another terribly, our virtual worship team, music team, ministry staff, pastor, and choir are preparing rich, touching, worship experiences to warm our hearts even at a social distance. This is a wonderful opportunity to share in worship with friends and family across the nation! Anyone may tune in via Facebook live or our zoom worship links.

Christmas Pageant Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m.:  The Children’s Christmas Pageant will be the centerpiece of our Christmas Eve Family worship this year. Our children, families, and gentle beasts are preparing already for a beautiful virtual retelling of Jesus’ birth story amid Christmas carols and all the Christmas Eve magic. Please have a candle and a way to light it near your screen for our singing of Silent Night at the conclusion of the service. 

 

Candlelight Service – Christmas Eve at 10:00 p.m.:  This beautiful Virtual Candlelight  Carol Service of readings, reflections, carols, choral anthems by our amazing virtual choir and other special music and our traditional candle-lit singing of “Silent Night” will warm your heart and set your soul at peace for your long winter’s nap into the wonder of Christmas morning. Please have a candle and a way to light it near your screen (and be prepared to become visible to other worshipers–if you choose) for our singing of Silent Night at the conclusion of the service.  

 

These truly are wonderful worship events that will nurture your soul.