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Children's Choir Resumes
Jan
24
4:45 PM16:45

Children's Choir Resumes

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Children's Choir resumes on January 24, 2018!  Children's Choir is open to all children in elementary school and meets every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m in room E208.  Carpooling from Vestavia, Mountain Brook, and Homewood is available if your child would like to participate but needs a ride. 

Children's Choir sings during 10:30 worship about once a month and will sing on Palm Sunday on March 25, 2018 and for Good Shepherd Sunday on April 22, 2018.

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Grounded Book Study - Session 3
Jan
24
6:30 PM18:30

Grounded Book Study - Session 3

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Upper Room Class E209

Led by Reggie Holder

Grounded by Diana Butler Bass explores the fact that religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices and suggests that what appears to be a decline may actually be a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community and looks at new ways of understanding God.

Bringing her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded, Bass cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others’ spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.

Books will be available for purchase in the Greeting Space, starting Sunday, January 7.

Contact Reggie Holder for more information. 

 

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Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 3
Jan
24
6:30 PM18:30

Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 3

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The Stephen Ministry system trains and organizes lay people to provide a caring ministry for their local church congregation. Highlands has recently become a Stephen Ministry church, and we will begin our training in the spring. Join us for this kick-off event book study, using the book Christian Caregiving, A Way of Life.

Led by Annie Green, Deb Welsh, and Mikah Hudson.  Anyone who would like to learn more about this new ministry is invited to attend. 

For more information, see one of the leaders or visit www.stephenministry.org.

 

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Sight Seekers: Third Space Exhibit at Birmingham Museum of Art
Jan
25
9:30 AM09:30

Sight Seekers: Third Space Exhibit at Birmingham Museum of Art

Third Space, the first large exhibition of contemporary art from the Museum’s own
collection. Third Space features over 100 works of art in a variety of mediums, including
painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and video. This exhibition creates connections
between the American South and other parts of the world using contemporary art.
Meet at Highlands at 9:30 a.m. Cost $15.

Sight Seekers is our day travel group made up of Highlands’ adults, all ages and interests. We meet once a month to visit sights and attractions in the Birmingham metro area. Everyone is welcome to join with us on one or all outings!  To make a reservation, call the church office at 933-8751 or drop a note in the offering plate.

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Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 4
Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 4

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The Stephen Ministry system trains and organizes lay people to provide a caring ministry for their local church congregation. Highlands has recently become a Stephen Ministry church, and we will begin our training in the spring. Join us for this kick-off event book study, using the book Christian Caregiving, A Way of Life.

Led by Annie Green, Deb Welsh, and Mikah Hudson.  Anyone who would like to learn more about this new ministry is invited to attend. 

For more information, see one of the leaders or visit www.stephenministry.org.

 

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Grounded Book Study - Session 4
Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

Grounded Book Study - Session 4

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Upper Room Class E209

Led by Reggie Holder

Grounded by Diana Butler Bass explores the fact that religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices and suggests that what appears to be a decline may actually be a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community and looks at new ways of understanding God.

Bringing her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded, Bass cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others’ spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.

Books will be available for purchase in the Greeting Space, starting Sunday, January 7.

Contact Reggie Holder for more information. 

 

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Grounded Book Study - Session 5
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Grounded Book Study - Session 5

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Upper Room Class E209

Led by Reggie Holder

Grounded by Diana Butler Bass explores the fact that religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices and suggests that what appears to be a decline may actually be a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community and looks at new ways of understanding God.

Bringing her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded, Bass cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others’ spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.

Books will be available for purchase in the Greeting Space, starting Sunday, January 7.

Contact Reggie Holder for more information. 

 

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Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 5
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 5

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The Stephen Ministry system trains and organizes lay people to provide a caring ministry for their local church congregation. Highlands has recently become a Stephen Ministry church, and we will begin our training in the spring. Join us for this kick-off event book study, using the book Christian Caregiving, A Way of Life.

Led by Annie Green, Deb Welsh, and Mikah Hudson.  Anyone who would like to learn more about this new ministry is invited to attend. 

For more information, see one of the leaders or visit www.stephenministry.org.

 

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Mercedes Marathon - No 8:30 Service and Traffic Delays
Feb
11
8:00 AM08:00

Mercedes Marathon - No 8:30 Service and Traffic Delays

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The annual Mercedes Marathon will take place on Sunday, February 11, 2018.  The race route spans most of Downtown and Southside Birmingham, running through Five Points South on 11th Avenue and winding around Highland Avenue.  Roads will be blocked, so you may wish to find an alternative route to church this week.  Highlands will provide dashboard signs to help law enforcement officers direct you through to the church.  Dashboard signs can be picked up on Sunday, February 4, 2018

Highlands will not have an 8:30 a.m. worship service this week.

Highlands has several members participating in this year's race.  If you are interested in cheering them on from the church lawn, please contact Deb Welsh or George Gaskin

For more information on the Mercedes Marathon, visit www.mercedesmarathon.com.

 

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be still: a contemplative worship experience
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

be still: a contemplative worship experience

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Be still and know that I am God.
- Psalm 46:10


Drawing from the tradition of Compline - the service of evening prayers - our contemplative worship incorporates both ancient and emerging spiritual traditions, using a diversity of resources from Christian communities across the globe. Worshipers can expect a warm, welcoming, sacred space lit by candlelight, prayer, silence, and simple, distinctive music that calls us to a richer communion with God and our neighbor. Although there may be short readings, there will be no sermons or homilies, leaving room for your own prayerful ponderings.

Highlands United Methodist Church offers contemplative worship on the second Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. All Are Welcome.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/373874509699774

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be still: a contemplative worship experience
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

be still: a contemplative worship experience

Be still and know that I am God.
- Psalm 46:10


Drawing from the tradition of Compline - the service of evening prayers - our contemplative worship incorporates both ancient and emerging spiritual traditions, using a diversity of resources from Christian communities across the globe. Worshipers can expect a warm, welcoming, sacred space lit by candlelight, prayer, silence, and simple, distinctive music that calls us to a richer communion with God and our neighbor. Although there may be short readings, there will be no sermons or homilies, leaving room for your own prayerful ponderings.

Highlands United Methodist Church offers contemplative worship on the second Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. All Are Welcome.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/373874509699774

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Community Easter Egg Hunt
Mar
24
9:30 AM09:30

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Join us at Railroad Park on Saturday, March 24 for an Easter Egg Hunt and fun together with the Highlands family and larger Birmingham community.  Games and activities will begin at 9:30 a.m.  Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 10!

Youth and adult helpers are needed to hide eggs and facilitate games and activities.  To sign up, contact Mary Elizabeth Neal.

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be still: a contemplative worship experience
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

be still: a contemplative worship experience

Be still and know that I am God.
- Psalm 46:10


Drawing from the tradition of Compline - the service of evening prayers - our contemplative worship incorporates both ancient and emerging spiritual traditions, using a diversity of resources from Christian communities across the globe. Worshipers can expect a warm, welcoming, sacred space lit by candlelight, prayer, silence, and simple, distinctive music that calls us to a richer communion with God and our neighbor. Although there may be short readings, there will be no sermons or homilies, leaving room for your own prayerful ponderings.

Highlands United Methodist Church offers contemplative worship on the second Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. All Are Welcome.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/167618477146432

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be still: a contemplative worship experience
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

be still: a contemplative worship experience

Be still and know that I am God.
- Psalm 46:10


Drawing from the tradition of Compline - the service of evening prayers - our contemplative worship incorporates both ancient and emerging spiritual traditions, using a diversity of resources from Christian communities across the globe. Worshipers can expect a warm, welcoming, sacred space lit by candlelight, prayer, silence, and simple, distinctive music that calls us to a richer communion with God and our neighbor. Although there may be short readings, there will be no sermons or homilies, leaving room for your own prayerful ponderings.

Highlands United Methodist Church offers contemplative worship on the second Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. All Are Welcome.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/115478712452466

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Grounded Book Study - Session 2
Jan
17
6:30 PM18:30

Grounded Book Study - Session 2

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Upper Room Class E209

Led by Reggie Holder

Grounded by Diana Butler Bass explores the fact that religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices and suggests that what appears to be a decline may actually be a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community and looks at new ways of understanding God.

Bringing her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded, Bass cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others’ spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.

Books will be available for purchase in the Greeting Space, starting Sunday, January 7.

Contact Reggie Holder for more information. 

 

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Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 2
Jan
17
6:30 PM18:30

Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 2

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The Stephen Ministry system trains and organizes lay people to provide a caring ministry for their local church congregation. Highlands has recently become a Stephen Ministry church, and we will begin our training in the spring. Join us for this kick-off event book study, using the book Christian Caregiving, A Way of Life.

Led by Annie Green, Deb Welsh, and Mikah Hudson.  Anyone who would like to learn more about this new ministry is invited to attend. 

For more information, see one of the leaders or visit www.stephenministry.org.

 

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be still: a contemplative worship experience
Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

be still: a contemplative worship experience

Be still and know that I am God.
- Psalm 46:10


Drawing from the tradition of Compline - the service of evening prayers - our contemplative worship incorporates both ancient and emerging spiritual traditions, using a diversity of resources from Christian communities across the globe. Worshipers can expect a warm, welcoming, sacred space lit by candlelight, prayer, silence, and simple, distinctive music that calls us to a richer communion with God and our neighbor. Although there may be short readings, there will be no sermons or homilies, leaving room for your own prayerful ponderings.

Highlands United Methodist Church offers contemplative worship on the second Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. All Are Welcome.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1952599971689949

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Grounded Book Study Begins
Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

Grounded Book Study Begins

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Upper Room Class E209

Led by Reggie Holder

Grounded by Diana Butler Bass explores the fact that religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices and suggests that what appears to be a decline may actually be a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community and looks at new ways of understanding God.

Bringing her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded, Bass cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others’ spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.

Books will be available for purchase in the Greeting Space, starting Sunday, January 7.

Contact Reggie Holder for more information. 

 

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Stephen Ministry Book Study Begins
Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

Stephen Ministry Book Study Begins

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The Stephen Ministry system trains and organizes lay people to provide a caring ministry for their local church congregation. Highlands has recently become a Stephen Ministry church, and we will begin our training in the spring. Join us for this kick-off event book study, using the book Christian Caregiving, A Way of Life.

Led by Annie Green, Deb Welsh, and Mikah Hudson.  Anyone who would like to learn more about this new ministry is invited to attend. 

For more information, see one of the leaders or visit www.stephenministry.org.

 

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Open Table Planning Meeting
Jan
7
11:45 AM11:45

Open Table Planning Meeting

All members of the Open Table team are asked to attend a planning retreat to prepare events and activities for the year. Open Table seeks to help Highlands be an open and inclusive church for all. The planning meeting is open to anyone who wants to be involved with Open Table this year.  Contact Angela Stowe or Reina McFarlin for more information.

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Community Ministries Christmas Day Breakfast
Dec
25
9:00 AM09:00

Community Ministries Christmas Day Breakfast

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Christmas breakfast will be served in the Fellowship Hall from 9 to 10 am. We need breakfast casseroles, fruit, juice, and milk. Drop off items during the Christmas Eve services or bring them on Christmas morning. If you can’t serve but want to help, please consider making a donation to the Community Ministries fund to assist with the purchase of blankets, gloves, hats, and socks. To sign up to serve, contact Deb Welsh at deb@highlandsumc.net.

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Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelighting
Dec
24
4:15 PM16:15

Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelighting

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Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelighting

4:15 p.m. - The Music of Christmas Choral Concert

5:00 p.m. - Service of Holy Communion

The service concludes with a procession out to the front lawn of the church for a chorus of "Silent Night" by candlelight.

A nursery is provided for choral concert and service

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Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal
Dec
23
9:30 AM09:30

Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal

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Dress Rehearsal for Children's Christmas Pageant.  This rehearsal is MANDATORY for all children participating in the pageant.  Please be on time!

Children playing angels will need a white, long-sleeved leotard or shirt and leggings. 

ALL children need to wear cool, loose-fitting clothing under their costumes and comfortable shoes.

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Christmas Eve Hospitality Bags
Dec
22
4:30 PM16:30

Christmas Eve Hospitality Bags

Each year, Highlands' Open Table assembles gift bags for worshipers to take with them following Christmas Eve services.  These bags are a small way of showing our appreciation for those who must work the holiday - first responders, doctors and nurses, convenience store attendants, etc.  Join us in the Fellowship Hall to assemble the bags and fellowship together.

Individually wrapped snack crackers, nuts, cookies, or candy are needed to fill the bags!  Contact Michele Nailen to help out!

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Women's Advent Study - Fourth Session
Dec
21
10:00 AM10:00

Women's Advent Study - Fourth Session

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Advent for Everyone: A Journey with the Apostles provides an inspirational guide through the Advent season. Popular biblical scholar and author N. T. Wright provides his own Scripture translation and brief reflection, helping readers understand Advent in the wider context of Gods love. Wright’s engaging and accessible writing and imagery help us see Advent both in relation to the Bibles message and in our own lives today. Each week we will discuss key themes for the season: thanksgiving, patience, humility, and joy. 

Class meets on Thursdays, November 30, December 7, 14, and 21 at 10 am in Room E209. Led by Beth Douthit. Books are available in the Greeting Space.

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Highlander's Advent Study - Fourth Session
Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

Highlander's Advent Study - Fourth Session

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Join the Highlanders (formerly known as the “young adults”) for an Advent study of  Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity by Adam Hamilton.  Discussions will be facilitated by Warren Nash, Executive Minister at Canterbury UMC. Class meets on Wednesdays at 6 pm. Books may be purchased here. For more information, contact Callie Nash.

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Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Dec
20
4:45 PM16:45

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

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Rehearsal for Children's Christmas Pageant.  All children with Main Roles (Angel Gabriel, Gabriel's Angels, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Inn Keeper, Magi, and Star Bearer) are asked to attend.  This rehearsal is not mandatory, but it is VERY helpful if our leading cast members have this time to practice.  Please contact Mary Elizabeth Neal if your child has conflicts with either rehearsal time.
 

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Youth Group Christmas Party
Dec
18
4:00 PM16:00

Youth Group Christmas Party

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Join us for a Christmas celebration with our friends from East Lake, Avondale, Woodlawn, St. Junia, and Beloved. 

Monday, December 18 | 4 - 7 p.m.

Meet at Highlands UMC at 4 p.m. to walk to South Health Rehabilitation to sing carols and spread Christmas cheer.  We will then walk to Brian Bellenger's house for dinner, goodies, and Christmas games.  Please bring a wrapped present (no more than $2 value) for Dirty Santa.

Parents may pick up from Brian's house at 7 p.m.

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Third Sunday of Advent - Featuring Members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Dec
17
10:30 AM10:30

Third Sunday of Advent - Featuring Members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra

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Third Sunday of Advent

Featuring The Choir and members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra

10:30 a.m.

Rev. Mikah Hudson preaching

Psalm 126

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

John 1:6-8, 19-28

Musical offerings:

  • Sinfonia from MESSIAH; George Frederick Handel
  • Pifa from MESSIAH; George Frederick Handel
  • What Sweeter Music; John Rutter
  • Star Carol; John Rutter
  • Movement III from Concerto in A Minor; Antonio Vivaldi
  • Congregational Hymns: Once In Royal David's City; Hark! the Herald Angels Sing; and O Come, All Ye Faithful

Advent is the liturgical season that precedes and prepares for Christmas. It is a season of hope and longing, joyful expectation, and peaceful preparation. The season of Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas Day. Each Sunday of Advent we celebrate a different aspect of the preparation for the Christ child.

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