Advent and Christmas Eve
Advent is a special time at Trinity, as we prepare our hearts and minds for the miracle that is Christmas. A candle in the Advent Wreath is lit during worship each of the four Sundays of Advent beginning November 28. The four weekly candles represent Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace and the center white candle which is lit on Christmas Eve represents Christ. Different church families will light the candles each week.
Advent Theme "Close to Home"
Close to Home will name the pain many of us may carry into this season, as well as the wonder of experiencing hope and joy. This Advent, we can be encouraged by the One who dwells intimately with us; and in turn, we can extend the love and shelter of a loving home to everyone wandering far from home; and may we come home, wherever home is found—to live fully with joy, hope, and courage.
Sermon Series "Close to Home"
Beginning November 28, this sermon series will help us journey through passages of scriptures that are tender and vulnerable, but which promise to bring us closer to the One who turns our mourning into dancing and our sadness into gladness.
In keeping with Trinity's theme for the year which is "Transformation," the Advent Wreath will be transforming from week to week. The symbol on the front of the Advent Wreath for the first Sunday was a Mpatapo, an African symbol of a knot with no beginning and no end representing reconciliation, a message of hope.
Ken, the creater of our Advent Wreath invites us to watch the panels each week. Think about each one. Talk to each other. Ask questions. How does one build a house? All we have to do is to choose strong materials and build with vision, tolerance, fortitude and friendship.
Advent Activities at Trinity
Wednesday Sanctuary Hours 12:00-1:00 p.m.
The sanctuary will be open for personal prayer and contemplation and give you the opportunity to rest, quiet your mind and heart, and seek God. We pray it is a time of peaceful communion with the Holy Spirit.
December 10 Night of Worship 7:30 p.m. Chapel
Come and find spiritual rest during this reflective and uplifting service of words and music.
December 11 Christmas Caroling 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.
Join our carolers who will drive around the Springfield area bringing the joy of the season to those who have difficulty getting out to attend church. This is a great family event and we welcome children, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet at the church and leave from there.
December 19 Night Hike 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Invite your friends and family to join us for a simple meal, some stories, and a short walk in Forest Park. Wear your warm clothes, and don’t forget your boots! Kids are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal for a special activity.
Christmas Eve Services December 24
In keeping with the theme of Close to Home, we will join Mary and Joseph on their journey home as the only place they can find shelter for giving birth is a stable. Jesus, born without a home, invites us to come home, a place of welcoming and appreciation.
Children's Service 5:30 p.m. Grace Chapel
Geared toward families with young children featuring stories, prayer, dance, and singing.
Traditional Service 7:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Focused on the good news of Jesus' birth and based on the typical Sunday morning order of worship. It will include a children's moment, sermon, Christmas hymns, beautiful music, and will conclude with a special candle lighting.
Candle Light Service of Lessons and Carols 11:00 p.m. Sanctuary
Readings, songs, and anthems telling the story of Jesus' birth and will include special prayer and Christmas meditation and conclude with a special candle lighting as we go out early on Christmas morning.
Included in the images below are pictures from the November 28 Advent Workshop, the Advent Wreath from the first Sunday in Advent, and also some pictures of past Advents at Trinity.