Advent and Christmas at Fourth Church


Christmas Eve Worship: 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m.
Christmas Day Worship at 10 a.m.


Daily Advent Devotions
Weekly Advent “Rhythm and Word” Videos
Memorial Gifts for Christmas Flowers
Christmas Wishes for Tutoring Students
Fair Trade Bazaar
Light Up a Life
Caroling on Michigan Avenue
Holiday Concerts
Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols
Christmas Cantata
“Longest Night” Service
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve


Daily Advent Devotions

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.

Thus 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 in a variety of ways:

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)

Facebook | Twitter | On our website

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Weekly “Rhythm and Word” Videos

Also available for your reflection during the Advent season is our “Rhythm and Word” video series. These 15-minute worship experiences, which weave together scripture, prayer, and music, are released on our YouTube channel on Advent Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

To receive notification when new videos are released, subscribe to our YouTube channel, or sign up at www.bit.ly/rhythmandwordemail to receive the videos by email.

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Memorial Gifts for Christmas Flowers

Each year we are invited to recognize those who are special in our life by making contributions toward the purchase of Christmas flowers, wreaths, and garland to decorate the Sanctuary and Buchanan Chapel. The names of those honored or remembered by the gifts are printed in the Christmas bulletin.

Contributions can be made online and must be received by Sunday, December 11 in order for names to be included in the 2022 Christmas bulletin. For more information, contact Gloria Vicente.

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Christmas Wishes

Each year Women at Fourth coordinates our Christmas Wishes efforts to provide gifts for Chicago Lights Tutoring students.

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Fair Trade Bazaar

Our annual Fair Trade Bazaar — being held online again in 2022 — offers opportunity to cross off some gifts on your holiday to-buy list while shopping for a difference.

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Light Up a Life

In response to God’s gift to us, we too seek to give to others in this season, to share the love that came down at Christmas. One way we can share that Christmas joy is through the “Light Up a Life”offering.

Gifts to this offering provide funds for Fourth Church programs that support our neighbors and congregation; the Chicago Lights Social Service Center; and the Presbyterian Church (USA) Joy Offering, which supports current and retired church workers as well as leadership development for communities of color.

Gifts can be made online, selecting “Light Up a Life” in the Designations field.

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Caroling on Michigan Avenue

On the Saturday before Thanksgiving we carol on the Sanctuary steps prior to the Tree-Lighting Parade, part of the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. As we sing in the season we spread holiday cheer to those gathered for the Michigan Avenue festivities!

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Holiday Concerts

The sounds of music fill Fourth Church each December, from “A Chanticleer Christmas” to “Christmas with Tower Brass.” If you are looking for a musical treat to add to your holiday celebrations, you can find a variety of in-person opportunities on our concert calendar!

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Festival of Advent Lessons and Music

Sunday, December 11, 2022
6:30 p.m.
In the Sanctuary and livestreamed (also available for viewing later)

Each Advent we gather on a Sunday evening to hear the music and readings of the season that recall the promises of God throughout the ages and lead us on our journey to the manger.

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“Longest Night” Service

Wednesday, December 21, 2022
6:00 p.m.
in Buchanan Chapel

Typically held on a weeknight the week prior to Christmas — on a night close to the longest night of the year, December 21 — this worship opportunity, which is also known as a “Blue Christmas” service, acknowledges that grief, loss, struggles, and darkness can make it difficult to share in the traditional joyous celebrations of Christmas.

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Christmas Cantata

Sunday, December 18, 2022
10:00 a.m.
In the Sanctuary and livestreamed (also available for viewing later)

On the fourth Sunday of Advent as we begin to look toward Christmas, the Morning Choir sings a Christmas cantata during our morning worship service. This year the choir sings Gloria by John Rutter.

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Christmas Eve Services

Saturday, December 24, 2022

On Christmas Eve we gather for four candlelight services:

4:00 p.m. Children’s Pageant
In the Sanctuary

6:00 p.m. Family Service
In the Sanctuary; in-person only

8:00 p.m. Service of Lessons and Carols
In the Sanctuary and livestreamed (also available for viewing later)

10:00 p.m. Service of Lessons and Carols
Identical to the 8:00 service; in-person only

ON MASKS AND DISTANCING
Mask-wearing is welcome but not required. There is no socially distanced seating section on Christmas Eve. We invite those who require or choose to practice social distancing to join us online on Christmas Eve and in person on Christmas Day.

WHERE TO ENTER ON CHRISTMAS EVE
For services on Christmas Eve, entry is through the glass Loggia doors next to the courtyard on Michigan Avenue.

PARKING ON CHRISTMAS EVE
Details on discounted parking will be posted here a week before Christmas.

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Christmas Day Service

Sunday, December 25, 2022
10:00 a.m.
In the Sanctuary and livestreamed (also available for viewing later)

We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with this festive service of morning worship.

A socially distanced seating section (where mask-wearing is required) is available in the front pews on the pulpit side.

Parking options are the same as on other Sundays

There will be no Jazz at Four 4:00 p.m. service on Christmas Day. That service will resume on Sunday, January 8.

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New Year’s Eve Taizé Service

Saturday, December 31, 2022
7:30 p.m.
In Buchanan Chapel (not livestreamed)

At the turning of the year we come together with neighbors for our annual New Year’s Eve service in the style of Taizé.

This quiet evening service in Buchanan Chapel offers moving music, space for prayer, and meditative pause for reflecting on the year past and looking ahead to the year to come.


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(at Michigan Avenue)
Chicago, Illinois 60611.2014
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