First Sunday of Advent
ADVENT is the first season of the church year, beginning with the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continuing through the day before Christmas.
Christmas has increasingly become a holiday cut off from its purpose of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is, therefore, important for Christians to recapture the season of Advent as a time for preparing for Christmas,
Our word “Advent” derives from the Latin Adventus, which means “coming,” and originally referred just to the coming of the feast of Christmas. The season of Advent has been set aside as a time of preparation for Christmas since at least the last half of the 6th century, but over time, the season of Advent took on a double meaning. Today it refers both to the “first coming” of Jesus Christ in his birth at Christmas and to his “second coming” at the end of time.
It is important to remember that Advent is not just a season in which we recall an event of the past — Jesus’ birth — but also a time in which we look to the present and the future. When will Jesus come again? When will we see the kingdom of God on earth, as it is in heaven? Of course no one knows. And so the
more important questions are: What can we do as the Church, Christ’s body here on earth, to welcome God’s reign of justice and peace today? What can we do as individuals to reorder our lives in the light of God’s love? What would it mean to live as a people who believe in Jesus as the Savior of all the earth and
who expect him to come again at the fulfillment of time? Each Advent, we turn to these questions anew.
Join us during the Season of Advent, to reflect, to prepare, to pray, to sing,
SOURCE: Daily Prayer for All Seasons - The Episcopal Church’s abbreviated BCP (free download) https://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/document/daily-prayer-all-seasons
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace!"
5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Service, in-person & streamed
Everyone is welcome to our informal Family Christmas service, with familiar carols and Christmas pageant.
10:30 p.m. CONCERT, in-person & streamed
ST. PAUL'S CHOIR
Christmas Eve Concert: A Carol Prelude
Come early. enjoy the beautifully decorated church, hear the choir and sing familiar carols, to prepare for our traditional candlelight Midnight Mass that follows at 11pm.
11:00 p.m. Candlelight Midnight Mass, in-person & streamed
Traditional candlelight service and First Mass of Christmas. With St. Paul's Choir. Ben Bachmann, Director of Music and organist.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Compline Service this month. Please join us next month, 8pm Sunday January 21, 2024, 4th Sundays at 8pm.