Advent at Trinity
The season of Advent (the four Sundays leading up to Christmas) invites us to ponder four ways we encounter “God with us:” hope, peace, joy, and love. These four qualities help orient us during a busy and full season when all sorts of tasks, projects, concerts, parties, and advertisements vie for our attention.
Advent is a season of waiting, but is idle waiting what God wants of us? In preparation for the coming Messiah, we wonder together—what things can’t wait? What demands our immediate attention? What requires our work and preparation? What is it that God can’t wait for? Is it our praise, reconciliation,and proclamation? Is it the end of suffering, isolation, and fear? This Advent, we invite you to join us and invite others in imagining, prioritizing,and preparing. As we wait, what can’t?
HOPE – On the first Sunday of Advent (Dec. 1), we will focus on the need to hold onto hope, to continue dreaming and reaching God’s promised day where there will be peace and all will know love.
PEACE – On the second Sunday of Advent (Dec. 8), we will be invited to consider John the Baptist’s vision of peace by first acknowledging our need to seek repentance of the ways we turn away from God and do harm to others and ourselves.
JOY – On the third Sunday of Advent (Dec. 15), following the story of Mary and in Isaiah 35, we will consider what it would look like to delight in God’s goodness, and how to respond to God’s work in the world with joy.
LOVE – As Christmas draws near, we will meditate on the courage required of both Joseph and Mary, as she learns of her pregnancy, and he chooses to trust the angel and both act counter-culturally by choosing courage over fear in order that the world might know love.
CHRISTMAS EVE – we will be invited to remember that God could not wait for the end of war, suffering, and human injustice. God couldn’t wait,so, by sending Jesus Christ, God broke through the shadows of darkness and death to bring light. God couldn’t wait to be love in the flesh – and neither should we.
Advent Celebrations at Trinity
Sunday, Dec. 1--Advent Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in place of the regular church school classes. Children, youth, and families are invited to come to the Primary Room/Parlor to make something to eat, keep, and give away.
Saturday, Dec. 14--Christmas Caroling beginning at noon. All are invited to gather in the foyer to join together to visit home bound members to sing, visit, and share the joy of the season.
Sunday, Dec. 15--Christmas Concert presented by Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Chamberettes beginning at 3:30 p.m. All are invited to attend this joyous celebration.
Sunday, Dec. 22--13th Annual Night Hike beginning at 5:30 p.m. Meet in Asbury Hall for a simple meal followed by stories and a hike in Forest Park.
Christmas Eve Services:
5:30 p.m. Children’s Service in Grace Chapel This service is geared toward families with younger children. Young people will be invited to participate in building a nativity scene during the service..Stories, prayers, dance, and singing make up this gentle, early evening.
8:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service in the Sanctuary
A worship service focused on the good news of Jesus’ birth. A special Children’s Moment and Sermon will be offered on this holy night, along with Christmas hymns and beautiful music throughout the service.
11:00 p.m. Candle Light Service of Lessons & Carols in the Sanctuary
This service consists of readings, songs, and anthems that tell the story of the birth of Jesus. A special prayer for Christmas Eve and Christmas mediation will be offered. Also, beautiful music will play an important role throughout this late-night celebration. The service will conclude with a presentation the Dance Movement Choir during which they will lead the congregation in a candle lighting ceremony.
Mission Opportunities During Advent
Trinity traditionally remembers our Friends and Neighbors during the Advent season
Angel Tree--Trinity members purchase gifts for children who have a parent in prison
Mitten Tree--new hats and mittens for children in a local elementary school
Christmas is Not Your Birthday (CYNB)- an opportunity for our church to proclaim Jesus as the real miracle of Christmas and reclaim Christmas as an opportunity to become miracle workers for people who are poor, hungry, and marginalized.
This year the Missions committee has designated the following missions for CNYB:
Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON)
2020 Nicaragua Mission Trip
Church World Service LGBTQ Initiative