Advent and Christmas Season at Grace

Thursday evenings in Advent

December 3, 10 and 17, 2015
“Seeking the Light”, 6:30 p.m.: Preparing for Christmas with poems on attentiveness, gratitude and acceptance

First Sunday of Advent: “Lift up your heads”

Sunday, November 29, 2015

  • Spoken Eucharist, 8:30 a.m.
  • Children’s Advent mini-Pageant, 10:30 a.m.
  • Evening Eucharist, 5 p.m.

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

  • Featured hymns: “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”; “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
  • Readings: Psalm 25:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36

Preacher: Rev. Sarah Motley

Second Sunday of Advent: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness”

Sunday, December 6, 2015

  • Spoken Eucharist, 8:30 a.m.
  • Eucharist with hymns, 10:30 a.m.
  • Evening Eucharist, 5 p.m.

Prayer of the Day

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

  • Featured hymn: “There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Crying”
  • Readings: The Song of Zechariah: Luke 1:67-79; Philippians 1:3-11 Luke 3:1-6

Preacher: Seminarian James Stambaugh

Third Sunday of Advent: “One who is more powerful than I is coming”

Sunday, December 13, 2015

  • Spoken Eucharist, 8:30 a.m.
  • Eucharist with hymns, 10:30 a.m.
  • Evening Eucharist, 5 p.m.

Prayer of the Day

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

  • Featured hymn: “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
  • Readings: The Song of Isaiah (Isaiah 12:2-6); Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

Preacher: Rev. John Graham

Fourth Sunday of Advent: “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you”

Sunday, December 20, 2015
Advent Lessons and Carols, 10:30 a.m. – congregational singing and choir anthems; “Let it be our care and delight to prepare ourselves to hear once again the message of the angels…”

Prayer of the Day

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

  • Featured Hymn: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (reprise)
  • Readings: Prophecies of the Coming of the Messiah; the Annunciation to Mary

Preacher: Rev. John Graham

Christmas Eve: “Unto us a child is born”

Thursday, December 24, 2015

  • Family service with Children’s Christmas Pageant: 4 p.m.
  • Eucharist: 7 p.m.
  • Carol Sing: 9:30 p.m.
  • Festive Choral Eucharist: 10 p.m.

Christmas Day: “The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us”

Friday, December 25, 2015
Eucharist with Carols: 10:30 a.m.