Advent and Christmas

ADVENT

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.

LONGEST NIGHT

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.

CHRISTMAS EVE

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.