Advent and Christmas 2022


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.


Pilgrim Church is excited to launch a new event this holiday season. Carols and Cocoa for a Cause invites the community to gather around the “Mitten Tree” on Pilgrim’s front lawn on Saturday, December 10 at 4 PM. Please bring new warm winter gear or a new toy for a child to decorate the tree while enjoying a cup of cocoa and singing favorite carols. The event will last about 30 minutes and all donated items will go to support East End House in Cambridge and City Mission Boston. It’s an outstanding opportunity for the community to bring warmth and joy to those in need. All are invited and accommodations will be available for those less able-bodied. Weather-related updates will be posted on the Pilgrim website. Can’t make the event? Want to contribute? There will be a collection box next to the Pilgrim front doors.


Join us on Sunday December 18th for our annual Christmas Pageant – our children and Youth tell the Christmas Story infused with song and special music from the Pilgrim Choir. On this day the Pilgrim Choir will also sing portions of Handel’s Messiah!


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 a Lessons and Carols service for all ages at 6pm. This festive service features beautiful vocal and instrumental music. At the end of the service, we sing Silent Night by candlelight, and a resounding chorus of Joy to the World.