Advent: Preparing us for Christmas

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERIES: JOY to the WORLD!

It’s the 300th anniversary of the publication of the hymn “Joy to the World”, so that’s what our sermon and worship series will reflect throughout the seasons of Advent and Christmas. We purchased series resources for this season from Marcia McFee’s Worship Design Studio (last year’s “We Need a Silent Night” series was also based on her works) and it will be wonderfully joyful to celebrate the season with “Joy to the World” in the foreground throughout.

  • November 30 & December 1 “Prepare Him Room: Hopeful Joy”
    • Hanging of the Greens is on December 1 @ 9:30am!
  • December 7 & 8 “Repeat the Sounding Joy: Loving Joy”
  • December 14 & 15 “Make the Blessings Known: Unabashed Joy”
    • Blue Christmas worship is December 14 @ 4:30pm
    • The Children’s no-rehearsal Christmas program is December 15 @ 9:30am
  • December 21 & 22 “Make the Nations Prove: Peaceful Joy”
  • Christmas Eve (12/24) “The Lord Is Come: Incarnate Joy”
    • Christmas Eve candle-light worship at 3:00 pm
    • Christmas Eve candle-light worship at 5:00 pm (with Chancel Choir)
    • Christmas Eve candle-light worship at 10:30 pm (with Holy Communion “all are welcome to his table”)

Family Advent Night, Dec. 18th at 6pm

During Las Posadas, small groups, representing the Holy Family, stand outside a series of rooms, singing songs and asking for lodging. They are refused time and again until the group reaches the designated room. Finally, the travelers are permitted to enter. Prayer and song continue, along with games, crafts and festive foods will be shared. The evening ends with a piñata in the shape of star.

Just as Mary and Joseph faced the elements—and even more harsh innkeepers that night—participants brave rejection in bringing their love for the Christ Child to their streets. Las Posadas isn’t about being somber and still during Christmas: It’s about pilgrims and a pilgrimage, rousing song, prayer and deep faith—all of it in motion.

We look forward to sharing this Central American tradition with your family and all of the McCabe community on Wednesday, December 18th at 6pm (after dinner and High 5 worship). Groups will go from space to space within the church until they arrive at the final location where the party will commence for all! Please prayerful-ly consider volunteering as a group leader or “homeowner” who will answer the door at the rooms leading to-wards the final destination. We will also need assistance decorating doors/rooms and preparing snacks and crafts for the final party. This promises to be a moving experience for everyone involved!

Worship Schedule

Saturdays:
Casual Traditional: 4:30 p.m.

Sundays  
Traditional: 9:30 a.m.
Non-Traditional: 11:00 a.m.

Upcoming Events

  1. Children’s Christmas Program

    December 15 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  2. Family Advent Night

    December 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  3. Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship

    December 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  4. Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship With Chancel Choir

    December 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  5. Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship With Holy Communion

    December 24 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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