November 30, 2013 in Events
St. Peter’s welcomes you to celebrate with us as we observe the birth of Jesus in the Christmas season. You are invited to join St. Peter’s church family for a marvelous cycle of worship services:
December 24 – Christmas Eve
The candlelight family service at 7:30 pm on Christmas Eve transports us to Bethlehem with exuberant anticipation. Scripture readings, prayers, carols, special music and a Christmas Eve message herald the birth of Jesus. Children are invited to come to the crèche, as we sing the beloved hymn, “Away in a Manger”.
At the 11:00 pm candlelight service we welcome the Christ child with the celebration of Holy Communion. Everyone is invited to the altar to receive a blessing. All who are baptized and believe are welcome to receive the Eucharist. Scripture readings, prayers, carols and a Christmas Eve message relate the miracle of this holy night.
December 25 – Christmas Day
The joyful Christmas Day message is proclaimed at the 10:00 am service. The community observes Holy Communion and celebrates the arrival of the Christ Child with scripture readings, prayers, and carols. Following worship, you are invited to join St. Peter’s family in the parish hall for hot apple cider and refreshments.
December 29 – Christmas I
The liturgical celebration of Christmas lasts twelve days. We observe regular Sunday services with Holy Communion at 10:00 am. On Christmas I the Nativity narrative continues as we hear Matthew’s account of the Holy Family’s flight from the wrath of Herod to safety in Egypt (Matthew 2: 13-23).
January 5 – Christmas II
During the 10:00 am service on Christmas II, we reflect on John’s wondrous Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word …” (John 1: 1-18) and look forward to the arrival of the Magi, who brought gifts for the Christ Child. Epiphany, which falls on January 6, 2014, brings the Christmas cycle to a conclusion. During the Epiphany season we focus on the baptism and ministry of Jesus.