Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

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    BARBARA MCGOWAN
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    BARBARA MCGOWAN
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    BARBARA MCGOWAN

"Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him."
MARK 1:3

SUNDAY, NOV. 26 AT 10:15 AM, GREAT HALL

Getting Ready for Advent! 

In preparation for the season of Advent, join fellow parishioners in the Great Hall for Advent wreath-making, singing and fun for all ages. Please bring your own greens and some to share, and we supply the rest. Music director Anne Timpane will be in the Church Nave from 10:15-10:40 am to play and talk about the music that prepares us for Christmas. More activities for children will be in Rm 215 and 205.


SUNDAY, DEC. 3 AT 10:15 AM, CHURCH NAVE

Sunday Forum: An Advent Conversation with Ray Suarez

Don’t miss this St. Columba’s tradition as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus.


SUNDAYS, DEC. 3/DEC. 10 AT 10:15 AM, COMMON

Reach out in Advent:
Imagine the possibilities!

Your donation to Reach Out in Advent benefits our outreach at St. C’s. You may donate in the Common on Dec. 3 and 10, or give online: tinyurl.com/StCsDonation. This year our special “Reach” project is to relocate the Water Ministry laundry facilities. The cost for this work is estimated at $17,000. Your donation will help us meet this goal. Contact: Jason Cox


SUNDAY, DEC. 3 AT 5 PM, CHURCH NAVE

Advent Lessons & Carols

In the late afternoon as winter darkness descends, St. Columba's choirs lead a service of hope and anticipation for Christ's coming at Christmas. Glorious carols for choirs and congregation will be woven together with the story of our salvation from the Garden of Eden to Christ's coming reign of peace. A festive reception follows in the Common.


SATURDAY, DEC. 9 AT 9:30 AM-12:30 pm, GREAT HALL

Slow Down. It’s Advent.

Join us for an Advent morning of reflection. Simple instructions will be provided for making Advent prayer beads. Soft music will be offered in the Great Hall to walk the labyrinth. Guided meditation will be given from 10-10:30 am in Rm 220. Children with adults are welcome for all these activities, and take-home labyrinths and coloring activities provided.


SUNDAY, DEC. 10 AT 5 PM, CHURCH NAVE

Blue Christmas Service of
Hope and Healing 

Join us for a holiday service for those who aren't so happy in "the holidays." There is space for feelings of grief and anxiety as this service moves us out of despair into hope, out of darkness into light.


SUNDAY, DEC. 17 AT 10:15 AM, COMMON

Decoration Sunday

Join in merriment and fun as we prepare the Church for Christmas! There will be activities for all ages. Meet in the Common at 10:15 am to connect with one.


SUNDAY, DEC. 24, CHURCH NAVE

Christmas Eve Services

Join us as we celebrate Jesus' birth, the coming of hope into our lives.
All services held in the Church Nave (overflow seating available in the Common). No Sunday School and Youth programming is scheduled.

Children’s Pageant, 11 am and 4 pm
A festive Christmas service for children (30 min.) in which we tell the Christmas story. All are invited to come in costume as shepherds, angels or animals and participate in this unrehearsed Christmas pageant.

Festival Eucharist, 6 pm
As evening falls, the Boy and Girl Choirs lead our praises in the first Eucharist of Christmas. Come early for the music prelude at 5:45 pm and to get a seat!

Festival Eucharist, 8 pm
A full festival Christmas liturgy with the St. Columba Singers and Virginia Brass. Christmas carol prelude begins at 7:45 pm. This service is the best option for ensuring seats in the Church Nave on Christmas Eve.

Festival Choral Eucharist, 10:30 pm
A glorious Eucharist with music from the St. Columba Singers, Gallery and Alumni Choirs and Virginia Brass. The Alumni Choir offers a music prelude at 10 pm under the direction of retired music director, John Hurd. Incense is used at this service.


MONDAY, DEC. 25

Christmas Day

Festival Christmas Eucharist, 12 noon
A celebration of Jesus' birth with congregational carols and special solos by parishioner Rosa Lamoreaux, an internationally acclaimed soprano.


SUNDAY, DEC. 31

Christmas I

Sunday Eucharist, 8, 9:15 and 11:15 am
An abbreviated Sunday worship schedule. The 9:15 am service is intended for young children and their families. No services will be held in the Great Hall. No Sunday School and Youth programming.


SUNDAY, DEC. 31, 6-7:30 PM, CHURCH NAVE

New Year's Eve Concert

Start the new year off in tune with the St. Columba's New Year's Eve Concert featuring "Bach through Modern." Performers include Rosa Lamoreaux, Ann Colgrove, Diane Heath, Elizabeth Lane, Anne and David Timpane, and Barbara Wing. Requested $25 donation, students free. Tickets at the door only.


SUNDAY, JAN. 7

First Sunday after the Epiphany:
The Baptism of our Lord

Sunday Eucharist, 8, 9:15 and 11:15 am in the Church Nave
Children's Eucharist, 9:15 and 11:15 am in the Great Hall
All services return to our regular schedule. Sunday School and Youth programming resume.