Lord, Jesus Christ
Thank you for coming one holy night so many years ago. Thank you for meeting us in a manger in love and humbleness. Thank you for reaching out your hand to fill us with mercy and forgiveness. Thank you for sending us angels to announce your birth so that there would be no doubt as to your majesty and goodness. Shine a light in our darkness. Be born in our hearts today and everyday. Come Lord Jesus.
We hope to see many of you here, along with family and friends, this Sunday at 11 AM for our annual Christmas pageant. What a beautiful, fun, and moving way to tell the Christmas story. We will begin 11:00 Worship with Christmas carols played by our orchestra of our children and youth, as well as quite a few adults who have dusted off their instruments for the occasion. We then will turn to the story of the incarnation with children and youth of all ages playing a role in this central story of our faith.
4:00 PM - Family Worship
A more informal worship experience with familiar Christmas carols and St. Andrew's children participating in the leadership of worship. This experience is great for families with younger children (including a glow stick "candlelighting"), those of you who need to get home to prepare dinner, parties, and family gatherings, and those of you who are young at heart who will have your hearts stirred as we bring the innocent and wise together to praise the new born king.
7:00 and 10:00 PM - Candlelight Communion
Traditional Christmas Eve worship with familiar carols, special music from our choirs, soloists, and instrumentalists, the proclamation of the birth of our Lord, the celebration of Communion, and gathering with lit candles for the singing of Silent Night. This is a night of reunion for many St. Andrew's families and an opportunity to bring welcome and blessing to many guests, some who are coming through our doors for the very first time. Be sure to invite family members, friends, co-workers, or neighbors to join you for worship. Come join us as we give thanks to God for the greatest gift of all, the life of his Son among us.
Please keep in mind that there will be Christmas music prior to each of these services. Come a little early to secure the seating of your choice, especially @ 7 PM.
Sunday December 30 - Christmas Lessons & Carols - 10 AM
Celebrate Christ's birth in a simpler celebration around familiar readings and carols. If we missed one of your favorites on Christmas Eve, there is a good chance that we will sing it on this day.
Our regular weekend schedule resumes on Saturday January 5 @ 5 PM and Sunday January 6 (Epiphany of Our Lord) with worship at 8:15 and 11 AM, Christian Education at 9:30 AM.
On behalf of our staff and Church Council, I wish all of you a truly blessed Christmas and a hope filled New Year.