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 ... and so we continue on our journey to Live God's Love as we prepare for the Christ Child through the Way of Love practices of prayer, worship, learn, bless, turn, go, and rest. 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 many activities and worship services as we prepare to Live God's Love at Christmas, and hopefully every day.

SUNDAY, DEC. 1 AT 10:15 AM, COMMON

Sunday Forum: Write to Love Event
Join fellow parishioners of all ages as we write notes of encouragement and make cards of love to send to migrant families in detention centers at the US/ Mexico Border.

SUNDAY, DEC. 1 AT 10:15 AM-12:15 PM, GREAT HALL

Advent Workshop
Join in the fun of making your Advent Wreath: you provide the greens and clippers, we have everything else. There are activities for the children and resources for adults. There is a suggested donation of $10 for Advent Wreath materials.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Booklets, available while supply lasts. These booklets are designed for children ages 3-10 to celebrate Advent, the 12 days of Christmas and Epiphany at home. Please take one for each child. Contact: Katie McGervey

SUNDAY, DEC. 1 AT 5 PM, Church NAVE

Advent Lessons & Carols
St. Columba's choirs will 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.

ThursDAY, DEC. 5 AT 4-6 PM, COMMON

Advent Social
Join the Creative Aging Network (CAN) and the 42nd Street Fellowship when they host a wine and appetizer Advent Social with John Hurd at the piano! Please bring a bottle of wine or a non-alcoholic drink and/or a non-dessert appetizer, and join us in singing carols. All are welcome! Contact: Cynthia Hoover and Inga Blust

SATURDAY, DEC. 7 AT 9 AM-12:30 PM, CHURCH NAVE & GREAT HALL

Advent Morning of Prayer
This time for prayer and reflection will help deepen our awareness of the presence of God in the midst of life's challenges and the season's distractions. Dr. Linda Arnold, a trained spiritual director and retreat leader, will guide us in rich approaches to prayer from the Ignatian spiritual tradition. Register at: adventprayermorning@columba.org

SATURDAY, DEC. 7, AT 7-9 PM, GREAT HALL

Winterfest Labyrinth, with music by Harmonic Introductions
Center yourself this holiday season with a candlelit labyrinth walk during Tenleytown’s Winterfest celebration. Special guests Harmonic Introductions, a vocal ensemble dedicated to the art of overtone singing, will provide soothing music to accompany those who wish to walk or simply relax. As always, the labyrinth welcomes walkers of all ages, faiths, and abilities. Contact: Suzi Kindervatter

SUNDAY, DEC. 8 AT 10:15 AM, CHURCH NAVE

Advent Sunday Forum: The Church of the Missing Men with Ray Suarez
In the average American church, just over 60% of the adult present for worship are women, and under 40% are men. In declining congregations, the gap is even wider, 70-30%. Of the world’s major religions, Christianity has the widest gap between active male and female participation. Ever wonder why? Ray Suarez is back for another Advent talk in this long-running St. Columba’s series, this time to look at church, missing men, and what, if anything, is going wrong. And what, if anything, we can do about it.

SUNDAYS, DEC. 8, 15, AND 22 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.

TuesDAY, DEC. 10 at 7-8:30 pm, GREAT HALL

Advent Labyrinth Walk
Walk, Slow Down, Be Quiet … on an Advent Labyrinth walk. With meditative seasonal music played by St C’s musicians, come follow the candlelit Labyrinth path or just sit in the peaceful surroundings. Please start your walk at least 30 minutes before closing. Contact: Suzi Kindervatter

FRIDAY, DEC. 13 AT 11:15 AM, CHURCH NAVE

Water Ministry Remembering Service
Before the Water Ministry Christmas Party, join Water Ministry guests and volunteers for our annual remembering service for those who have died homeless in the past year.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

Preparation Sunday
Join us for mulled cider and merriment as we prepare our hearts and the Church for Christmas! There will be activities for all ages, all around the church … the Great Hall, Common, Azzi Living Room and all classrooms on 2nd floor. Contact: Jennifer Turner

SUNDAY, DEC. 15 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. Contact: Susan Flanders

TUESDAY, DEC. 24, CHURCH NAVE

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Join us as we celebrate Jesus' birth, the coming of hope into our lives. On Christmas Eve, a festive Christmas Pageant for children will be held at 11 am and 4 pm. Christmas Eucharists will be held at 6 pm, 8 pm, and 10:30 pm. At 6 pm, the Boy and Girl Choirs lead our praises; adult choirs complemented by the Virginia Brass lead music at 8 and 10:30 pm. The Gallery choir and alums sing the chorale prelude at the 10:30 pm service, making for a fun reunion. Seating is limited at 6 pm; for a better chance of sitting in the Church Nave, consider coming to 8 or 10:30 pm. Incense will be used at the 10:30 pm service.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25 at 12 noon, CHURCH NAVE

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE
Join us as we celebrate Jesus' birth with a festive Eucharist. Music will feature soprano Rosa Lamoreaux.

SUNDAY, DEC. 29, 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.

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

New Year’s Eve Concert
Start your New Year off in tune with the St. Columba’s New Year’s Eve Concert featuring “Bach through Modern.” Hear soprano Rosa Lamoreaux perform songs from the American Song Book, as well as the famous Strauss opera duet “All I Want is More Champagne” with David Timpane, baritone. Also on the program is Bach’s great D Major Prelude and fugue for organ, Spanish music for guitar, and a world premiere for harpsichord and organ by Justus Parrotta. Reception follows. Suggested $25 donation. Students are free. Tickets at the door only. Contact: Diane Heath