Advent and Christmas at
Fourth Presbyterian Church


Advent and Christmas Devotions

Advent Worship Opportunities
Festival of Advent Lessons and Music
Longest Night (Blue Christmas
)
Christmas Cantata (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

Christmas Worship Opportunities
Christmas
Eve
Christmas Day

Christmastide Lessons and Carols

Nursery Care

Christmas Dinner
Christmas Concerts

Video of the 2017 Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols service.


Advent and Christmas Devotions

As we await the coming of the Messiah, we remember that the season of Advent is not simply about readying ourselves for the observances of Christmas but about setting aside time to prepare our hearts and lives to receive the gift that comes to us in the stable.

On this Advent journey, we invite you to join with us in using our Advent devotions, which are written by members and staff of Fourth Church.

Daily Advent devotions are available beginning December 2, the First Sunday of Advent—

Via email: Sign up by clicking here or on “Get Email Updates” at the upper left of this web page (or send addresses to devotions@fourthchurch.org)

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In printed booklets: Available in the church literature racks

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Advent Worship Opportunities

Each Advent, we gather for festive worship services on the four Sundays of the season. We light the Advent wreath at the beginning of the services, sing Advent hymns, and prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ child.

December 16 | Third Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Communion | Rocky Supinger preaching
9:30 a.m. Shannon J. Kershner preaching
11:00 a.m. Reception of New Members | Shannon J. Kershner preaching
4:00 p.m. Jazz Communion | Shannon J. Kershner preaching

Tuesday, December 18 | Longest Night
6:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

December 23 | Fourth Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Communion | Victoria G. Curtiss preaching
9:30 a.m. Christmas Cantata
11:00 a.m. Christmas Cantata
4:00 p.m. Jazz Communion | Joe Morrow preaching


Festival of Advent Lessons and Music

—Sunday, December 9, 2018—

6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

We celebrate the Festival of Advent Lessons and Music at 6:30 p.m. on the Second Sunday of Advent. Choirs of all ages sing Advent anthems, and we read again the texts that lead us on our journey to the manger. Afterwards Women at Fourth hosts the seasonal favorite “Cookies and Cocoa” reception.


Christmas Cantata

—Sunday, December 23, 2018—

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the Morning Choir signs a Christmas Cantata as part of the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. This year the cantata will be A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten.


Longest Night (Blue Christmas)

—Tuesday, December 18, 2018—

6:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Also known as a “Blue Christmas” service, the Longest Night worship opportunity acknowledges that grief, loss, struggles, and darkness—both personal and in the world around us—can make it difficult to share in the traditional joyous celebrations of Christmas.


Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Worship with Candlelight
—Monday, December 24, 2018—


4:00 p.m. Children’s Pageant | Matt Helms preaching
6:00 p.m. Family Service | Shannon J. Kershner preaching
8:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols | Shannon J. Kershner preaching
10:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols | Shannon J. Kershner preaching

The 8:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols service will be live streamed at www.bit.ly/FPCworship.

Nursery care will be available from 3:00 to 7:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve.


Christmas Day

Christmas Day Worship
—Tuesday, December 25, 2018—

11:00 a.m. Worship

Nursery care will not be available on Christmas Day. Children are always welcome to worship with their families!

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First Sunday after Christmas

—Sunday, December 30, 2018—

8:00 a.m. Communion | Victoria G. Curtiss preaching
9:30 a.m. Christmastide Lessons and Carols
11:00 a.m. Christmastide Lessons and Carols
4:00 p.m. Jazz Communion | Joe Morrow preaching

Nursery Care

On Christmas Eve nursery care will be available from 3:00 to 7:15 p.m.

On Christmas Day nursery care will not be available. Children are always welcome to worship with their families!

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