It seems we are bombarded daily with tragic news from around the globe, and though there was no 24-hour news cycle, life was not very different in Jesus’ day. His birth in the stable occurred during a truly dreadful and most unstable time in history. The bloody and paranoid reign of Herod, who ruled through tactics of mass terror and widespread surveillance, was coming to an end. And into this world, a child was born to frightened, yet faithful parents. We know now that this child would change the world. During Advent, we take time to contemplate and celebrate the hope, peace, joy, and love, that the birth of the Christ brings to a still weary world.
So many of us are rushing around, running errands, attending parties and celebrations, and all that comes with the holidays. There are few of us looking for “one more thing” to add to our calendar. Yet, each of those events calls for planning and preparation, and somehow, we manage to fit it all in. As we enter this season of expectation and joy, we must remember to take time to prepare our hearts for Christmas, by taking a moment (or two or three), to stop, breathe, say a prayer of hope, of peace, of joy, and of love.
For unto us a child is born ... and his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Advent on the Hill: A Thrill of Hope, the Weary World Rejoices
A Thrill of Hope | December 2, 10:15am only
Rev. Erica Thompson preaching. Please make plans to stay for the Congregational Meeting following worship
A Thrill of Peace | December 9, 9:00 & 10:15am
Rev. Erica Avena preaching; we will receive new members at the 10:15am service
A Thrill of Joy | December 16, 9:00 & 10:15am
Rev. Erica Thompson preaching at 9:00am service; Children’s Christmas Pageant at 10:15am service
A Thrill of Love | December 23 | 9:00 & 10:30am (note service times)
This festive Advent worship features a brass ensemble and harp. Rev. Erica Thompson preaching
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services
4:30pm Family Service | Children of all ages, come hear the story of Christmas. Rev. Erica Avena preaching
8:00 & 11:00pm: A service of carols and anthems, leading up to the beautiful candlelighting service. Rev. Erica Thompson preaching at both services
Christmas Day Worship Service | 10:15am (no childcare)
Come to the manger and celebrate Christ’s birth as the “Word becomes flesh and dwells among us.” Rev. Erica Thompson and Jack Pott leading worship
Watch Day Worship (10:15am) with Brunch to follow | Sun, Dec. 30
We will say good-bye to the old year, and celebrate the coming of a new year together as we stand upon the threshold of what was – and of what is yet to be. Rev. Erica Avena preaching
Other Events and Services
Women’s Advent Retreat: Embracing and Sharing Our Gifts | Sat, Dec. 1, 11:00am – 2:00pm | Free
Reflect, pray, share, laugh, eat, and sing. Please bring a non-perishable food item or toiletry item to donate to Loaves a Fishes.
Angel Tree | Sun, Dec. 2 | Drew Hall
Purchase a gift for a child or teen in our community. Please return gifts by Sunday, December 16.
Music for Humanity: Choral Masterworks Christmas Concert | Sat, Dec. 8, 7:30pm | Tickets $20
The AHCC Choir, orchestra, and soloists present a concert of choral masterworks for the Christmas season.
All proceeds benefit My Sisters’ Place, providing a safe and nurturing environment for homeless women and children.
Service of Healing and Remembrance | Mon, Dec. 10, 7:00pm
If you have experienced loss, this healing service of prayer, song, and a time of sacred remembrance, can provide a sense of peace and comfort.