Advent and Christmas
Advent marks the beginning of the Christian Liturgical Year, a time to pause to prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Each Sunday in Advent, we light a new Advent Wreath candle, symbolizing hope, peace, joy, and love to prepare for Christmas to come.
Mitten Tree Sunday
During Advent, we have a special service where our congregation brings new mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves to decorate two Christmas trees at the beginning of the worship service. The winter gear is donated to local families in need through East End House in Cambridge.
We offer a meditative service for winter solstice, on or near December 21st, the longest night of the year. Christmas can be a time of great joy, but also can bring sadness for those who have experienced or are in the midst of loss, illness, or pain. Longest Night allows us to reflect on these myriad emotions with others in our quiet candlelit sanctuary. Extensive organ music and lovely hymns are performed, and readings and prayers spoken. All are welcome to join this restorative service.
We celebrate the birth of Jesus with two worship services. An Intergenerational Christmas Pageant is geared toward families to experience the Christmas story first-hand. The early evening service ends with a Nativity tableau and candle lighting to welcome the Bethlehem baby. Our Candlelight Communion Service of Lessons and Carols offers extensive music from our Chancel Choir, and the Sacrament of Communion. The quiet service ends with candle lighting and joyful thanksgiving for the gift of Christ.
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Christmas Hymn Sing - Sunday, December 30th, 10:30 am
Sing all the favorite carols and pray for peace and light and love in the year to come.
Christmas Eve: Monday, December 24th, 4:00 pm
All Ages Christmas Pageant and Candlelighting
Come to celebrate the birth of Jesus and welcome in Christmas. Walk up the illuminated driveway into the warmth and light and joy of seeing the Christmas story told anew. Stay for cookies and conversation afterward.
The Service of the Longest Night: Thursday, December 20th, 7:00 pm
The Christmas season can be a difficult time, especially for those who are grieving, lonely, or have difficult memories of this time of year. This service acknowledges those feelings and reminds us that in these dark, cold days hope and light are promised to us.