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Advent 2022

Advent 2022

Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas, the birth of Christ, Our Lord’s Nativity. We prepare our homes and hearts four weeks before this holiday. It also marks the beginning of a new liturgical season, concluding Ordinary Time and ushering us into the new church year with hope and patience in preparation for Christmas. Follow First Church’s holiday worship service and special event schedule during this holy season to get ready for Advent 2022.

Sunday, November 27: First Sunday in Advent – Worship Service

11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Every Saturday during Advent season starting December 3: Virtual Community Weekly Advent Candle Lighting

 6:30 p.m. EST online

12:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST only on Saturday, December 17th 

For more information, please contact Emma Gritsch ([email protected])

All who are unable to join First Church events in-person are welcome to join our virtual weekly Advent candle lighting during the four weeks leading up to Christmas. During this brief service we will light candles together and reflect on life during Advent. 

Sunday, December 4:

Second Sunday in Advent – Communion 

Worship Service at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Vespers Service of Music for Advent

Join us at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary for our Vespers Service of Music for Advent. The Magnificat, Mary’s song of praise from the Gospel of Luke, has long inspired composers. Hear two glorious versions – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Dixit et Magnificat – in this special service with the First Church Choir and orchestra.

Sunday, December 11: Third Sunday in Advent – Worship Service

11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday, December 18:

Fourth Sunday in Advent – Worship Service

11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Online stream

Candlelight Carols

Join us at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. With the Sanctuary bathed in candlelight, the First Church Choir leads this beautiful service of lessons and carols, this year based on the Great ‘O’ Antiphons – seven ancient ascriptions for Christ: Wisdom, Lord, Root of Jesse, Key of David, Radiant Dawn, Ruler of the nations, God with us. A festive carol sing on the north lawn (weather permitting) follows the service.

Online stream

Saturday, December 24: Christmas Eve

12:00, 5:00, & 11:00 p.m. services in the Sanctuary

Online stream(12:00 p.m. service will not be livestreamed)

Sunday, December 25: Christmas Day

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This Christmas, let’s experience the abundant peace, hope, and joy of Jesus together. Please join us for Worship Service on Sunday, December 25th at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Our Christmas Eve service is a joyful celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ with great music and a message you don’t want to miss!

Sunday, January 1, 2023: New Year’s Day

On New Year’s Day, we also have a worship service. Join us in thanking God for  bringing us into 2023! We will meet in the Sanctuary on  Sunday, January 1st at 11:00 a.m. Please spend New Year’s Day with your family and friends after our worship  experience

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