Advent & Christmas

Our 2019 theme for Advent, The Hopes and Fears of All the Years, is taken from a familiar carol and encompasses centuries of emotions in anticipation of the coming of Christ.

Our month of December is full of worship services, music, and options for giving. This time also offers opportunities to experience the themes of wonder, hope, fears, attentiveness, and a deeper understanding of the meaning of Jesus’ earthly arrival. Please come and share the expectation and holiness of this special season!

Sunday Worship 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.

Dec. 1     1st Sunday of Advent  We wait in hope for the light of the Lord.
Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44
Dec. 8     2nd Sunday of Advent  Hope springs up in the desert; God’s voice calls from the wilderness.
Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
Dec. 15   3rd Sunday of Advent  The promises of God are sure, even if not immediately at hand.
Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1:47-55; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

A Traditional Christmas Concert at 4:00 p.m. features our choirs, organ, favorite carols & hymns

Dec. 22   4th Sunday of Advent  The love of God draws near.    
8:30 a.m. service normal format; 10:00 a.m. Service of Lessons and Carols
Genesis 3:8-15, Isaiah 40:1-11, Luke 1:26-2:16
Dec. 24   Christmas Eve 4:00 p.m. Family Service, 9:00 p.m. Candlelight Service                      
A night of beauty, grace and love. Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20
Dec. 25   Christmas Day Service at 10:00 a.m.  The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4; John 1:1-14
Dec. 29   1st Sunday After Christmas, 1 service at 10:00 a.m. We celebrate God’s saving love
Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23

Wednesday Advent Worship Dec. 4th, 11th and 18th—11 a.m. at Pickersgill Retirement Community and 7 p.m. at Grace Sanctuary
Preparing in Christ’s Presence: Do Less. Experience Wonder. Hold on to Hope. We welcome all!

December Music at Grace

Sunday, Dec. 1, 3 p.m.  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Chamber Group; offering to support the Musicians’ Fund.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.  New Wave Singers Christmas Concert, tickets: newwavesingers.org
Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.  Handel Messiah presented by Handel Choir of Baltimore with the Handel Period Instrument Orchestra, tickets: handelchoir.org/concerts
Sunday, Dec. 15, 4:00 p.m.  A Traditional Christmas Concert with our Chancel, Youth, Children’s and Handbell Choirs, organ, and favorite congregational hymns; cookies and cocoa at the parsonage to follow.

Christmas Memorials

 Gifts in honor or memory of loved ones may be directed to support:
Grace Christmas Music Ministry  –  Pew Candle Torches  –  Chancel Decorations and Poinsettias
Order forms are available through the church office or here

Additional Ways to Give During Advent

Angel Tree provides Christmas gifts to children of incarcerated parents. Sign up on Dec. 8.
Giving Trees located in the church entryway can receive donations for Manna House and ShareBaby –  new adult underwear, small-sized toiletries, socks, mittens and hats for children and adults, new or gently used coats for newborns through size 6X.
The Inn Project in Tucson, AZ provides temporary shelter, clothing, and services to immigrant parents with children, approved to seek asylum. Cash donations enable purchase of much-needed diapers, toiletries, food and other necessities.