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

Advent is here ... with that an invitation to wait and to keep watch for the coming of the Christ child.

Advent is counter cultural to the hectic pace of December and getting ready for Christmas. There is nothing wrong with decorating, baking, shopping and wrapping gifts, as you prepare your home for the holiday. This Advent give yourself the gift of time and space to prepare your heart for the Holy Day of Christmas, where God shares the greatest gift of love in the birth of Jesus.

We invite you into a Holy Advent season and encourage you to participate in one of the several activities or worship services as we prepare to celebrate God's love at Christmas, and hopefully every day.

FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 7-9 PM, GREAT HALL

Holiday De-Stress Labyrinth Walk
Music by Harmonic Introductions, an overtone singing ensemble. Come experience the haunting sound of overtone singing while de-stressing on a labyrinth walk.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2 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.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2 AT 3:30 PM, GREAT HALL

Advent Workshop
Gather some greens and come to the Advent Workshop. Join in the fun of making your Advent Wreath: you provide the greens, we have everything else. Activities for children, resources for adults and snacks. Suggested donation of $10 for materials.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2 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.

THURSDAY, DEC. 6, AT 4-6 PM, COMMON

Advent Social
The Creative Aging Network (CAN) and the 42nd Street Fellowship invite you to a wine and appetizer social hour in the Common with John Hurd at the piano. Please bring a bottle of wine and/or a non-dessert appetizer and join us in singing carols. Everyone is welcome!

FRIDAY, DEC. 7, AT 7:30 PM, MARTHA KAISER'S HOME

Mothers' Group December Potluck
Join friends for food and fellowship while John Hurd leads us in carols and we prepare for Christmas together. RSVP

SUNDAY, DEC. 9, AT 9:15 AM, GREAT HALL

Preschool Family Labyrinth Walk
Join us for a special Labyrinth-focused Preschool Family worship service. We’ll talk about finding our way to God’s love at the heart of the Christmas story and walk on the ancient labyrinth path together.

SUNDAY DEC. 9, AT 10:15-11:00, GREAT HALL

Slow Down. It’s Advent.
Take a break from the frenzied pace of the season and experience the Labyrinth, an ancient form of walking meditation accompanied by beautiful live harp music.

SUNDAYS, DEC. 9, 16, AND 23, AT 7:30 PM, ST. AIDAN'S CHAPEL

Sung Compline
During Advent, singers will be sharing Compline, a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. Based upon the traditional evening liturgy of scripture, music, prayers, and silence, sung Compline will be offered.

SUNDAY, DEC. 16 AT 10 AM, COMMON

Decoration Sunday
A fun community event that’s not just about decorating! Come deck the halls and enjoy activities for all ages. Mulled cider, caroling, cookie decorating, Legos, corn hole, and more!

SUNDAY, DEC. 16 AT 5 PM, CHURCH NAVE

Blue Christmas Service of Hope and Healing
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. 23, CHURCH NAVE

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Special Worship Schedule
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 or Youth programming.

MONDAY, DEC. 24, CHURCH NAVE

Christmas Eve Service Schedule
Join us as we celebrate Jesus' birth, the coming of hope into our lives. Click here for the complete schedule.

TUESDAY, DEC. 25, 12 NOON, CHURCH NAVE

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

SUNDAY, DEC. 30, CHURCH NAVE

Sunday after Christmas: Special Worship Schedule
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 or Youth programming.

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

New Year’s Eve Concert
Come celebrate the New Year's with a program of Bach through Modern featuring Rosa Lamoreaux, American Song Book, a world premiere for piano and organ, haunting music for harpsichord, overtone singing by Harmonic Introductions, Bach and more. Requested $25 donation, students free. Tickets at the door only.