Advent and Christmas
Christmas Eve Worship 4:00pm 6:00pm 8:00pm 10:00pm
Christmas Day Worship 10:00am
Advent is meant to be an interruption. There is plenty to keep us busy in this season – more than enough, actually – but Advent arrives in the middle of it to interrupt us with hope, with silence, with questions and light. Advent reminds us that we are more than the lists, the gifts, the carols, the parties, and the meals – that God’s arrival in the world is not about cozy comfort, but blinding light and a transformative word.
In the church, Advent is a season to practice a skill we need every day: patience in waiting for God’s call, God’s action, and God’s presence. Listening for this and paying attention to it is hard every day, but perhaps even harder when there is so much to distract us as we prepare for Christmas. In the northern hemisphere, Advent coincides with growing darkness each day and plants a light firmly in the middle, calling us to turn toward that which nourishes, makes for peace and justice, and gives hope to the world.
At Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, we gather during Advent with a liturgy that sings of light in the midst of darkness. We light candles against the night, to light enough of the way for one more step. On the longest night of the year – December 21st– we worship together both to name the hard grief that is present for so many people in the holiday season, and to claim God’s promise that even death itself is not the end. At our Advent Giving Fair, we encourage generous sharing of resources to help those in need and free us from thinking our money can protect us or save us. And finally, as Christmas begins, we proclaim the good news again: that God comes in flesh and bone to be with us, for us, always.
Our Advent Family Calendar offers ways for all households to observe Advent practices at home.
Advent and Christmas Events
December 2nd 11:00am -noon Would you like to decorate an Advent Log with your family to be used each year? If you have your log from last year, bring it to be decorated for this year. If you don’t have a log, one is provided. Each family takes home the Advent log they decorate. Also, each family receives “Advent in a Box” which contains weekly devotions and family activities for the advent season. Light snacks provided.
Social Justice Alternative Giving Fair
This holiday season, please consider “giving” differently than what you can wrap in a box or a gift card to your family. The Social Justice team would like o remind you that our Giving Fair is coming up on Sunday, December 10th. this is another opportunity to contribute in ways that support others with donations or volunteering with different groups. Stop by between all three services.
“Lux: The Dawn From On High” HSLC Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 16th 7:00 pm You are invited to an evening of music celebrating the Advent & Christmas season. HSLC’s Chancel Choir and soloists offer Dan Forrest’s ethereal choral work for Advent, “Lux: The Dawn From on High” with the community’s Jubilee Orchestra. The program will also include seasonal offerings from handbell choirs of all ages as well as other instrumental selections.
This year, the preschool and elementary classes will share the message with story and song. All children in Sunday school will learn the music and program during Sunday School.
Join us for dinner at 6:00 pm followed by the program at 7:00 pm.
Longest Night Service
December 21st 7:00pm Each year on December 21st, the “longest night” of the year, we gather for the “Longest Night Service”. The Longest Night refers to the “dark night of the soul” that many people experience this time of the year. Share a quiet moment of hope and inspiration during this bright busy season.
Christmas Eve Worship
4:00pm 6:00pm 8:00pm 10:00pm All services include communion, candlelight and “Silent Night.” Childcare and non-burning luminaries provided at 4:00 and 6:00 pm.
Christmas Day Worship
10:00am Service includes Christmas carols, a message, and Holy Communion. Come celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day! (no nursery care available)