Christmas is a time when we remember the great gift God gave the world in the birth of our Savior Jesus. His ministry would be one that invited everyone to experience God’s radical love and healing grace. These are gifts we cherish here at St. Paul’s because we have experienced them so often. We invite you to celebrate some, or all, of the Christmas Season with us at St. Paul’s. Whether you join us for Lessons & Carols, our glorious Christmas Eve services, or a quiet & rejuvenating Celtic Eucharist, we hope that you will mark the season with us.
Doing Christmas Differently
This year Doing Christmas Differently – St. Paul’s alternative to commercialized Christmas — benefits the refugee high school students in our community. Volunteers from St. Paul’s continue to tutor them in English and Math each Friday at Brien McMahon High School. Most of the refugees are here seeking safety and new life, having fled the drug and gang wars of Guatemala and Honduras. During this season, items will be collected and presented to the students during a Christmas party. This year the collection has been expanded to include students from the Rise and Walk Foundation in memory of Hernán Bohórquez. Suggested gifts are available as ornaments hanging on a Christmas Tree in the Parish Hall. Choose one or more ornaments during coffee hour on the following Sundays: December 3, December 10, and December 17. Please return your gift no later than: Wednesday, January 3.
A Christmas party for the students and their host families is scheduled for Sunday, January 7, from 4 to 7 pm in the Parish Hall.
These children are working hard to learn English, and have come from extremely difficult situations. Please help us to throw a great party and to continue to help St. Paul’s make a difference in our community. We especially invite bilingual members of St Paul’s to attend to assist with conversations and help offer St. Paul’s signature radical welcome, yet all members are encouraged to attend – communication happens through a smile and gesture, too! Bob Giolitto and the Social Justice & Outreach Team are coordinating this effort.
Sunday, December 17, A Christmas Festival of Lessons & Carols – 5:00pm
Featuring the music of John Rutter, Stephen Cleobury, David Willcocks, and Harold Darke
Sunday, December 24th, Christmas Eve
3:00pm – Simple Eucharist with Carols
A very brief service designed for young children (and their parents)
5:30pm – Festival Eucharist
with Harp & St. Paul’s Choristers. Traditional carols as well as the works of David Willcocks and John Rutter
10:00pm – Prelude Music
10:30pm – Festival Eucharist with Choir
Traditional carols as well as the works of Healy Willan and Morton Lauridsen
Monday, December 25, Christmas Day
11:00am – Holy Eucharist with Carols
Celebrate Christ’s birth with Holy Eucharist, traditional carols & quartet
Sunday, December 31, New Year’s Eve
6:00pm – Prayers and Bowl Burning Ceremony
Let go of the old – make room for the new: 20 minutes of prayer, reflection and quiet music including the Bowl Burning Ceremony
The Burning Bowl Ceremony provides an opportunity to symbolically let go of things in 2010 or an earlier past. You may write down a list of the things you wish to leave behind and drop them into the fire as you leave and move on to the New Year. All are welcome.