Advent is the season of promise and hope. It is not only a season of preparing for Christmas, but also a time of actively watching and waiting for Christ to come again. Throughout Advent we have special opportunities for worship as we pray, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”
Advent Jazz Vespers
Saturday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m.
The service will feature a Jazz Combo led by Craig Fraedrich, a Christmas market by Fair Trade Winds and a dessert reception in the narthex. See the event page for more details.
Blue Christmas Service
Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
We invite you to gather with us for a time of quiet reflection and stillness with God and each other. We realize that not everyone is filled with "holiday cheer" this time of year. Illness, death, the loss of a job, a change in family traditions and lots of other things can leave us struggling. This service recognizes what can be hard about the holidays and offers the opportunity for healing and hope. The service will be about 45 minutes and will include Holy Communion. Childcare will be provided in our professionally staffed nursery.
Saturday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m.
The tradition of choral evensong dates back to the time of the Reformation. This service will feature chants based on the tune of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" and music by the Abiding Presence Adult Choir and Handbell ensembles.
Children's Christmas Program
Sunday, December 16 at 8:45 a.m.
The children and youth of Abiding Presence's music ensembles will bring the Christmas story to life through drama and song. All are welcome at this special worship service that includes the singing of Christmas carols, the Christmas drama and Holy Communion. See the event page for more details.
Great and Wondrous Mystery Cantata
Saturday, December 22 at 6:00 p.m.
An original cantata inspired by the ancient Orthodox hymn of the same name featuring guest soloists with members of the Abiding Presence Chamber Orchestra.
Service of Lessons, Carols and Holy Communion
Sunday, Dec. 23 at 10:00 a.m.
(One Service Only this Sunday. There will be no Sunday School or Abiding Table.)