Advent & Christmas Schedule



ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Advent Activities

Youth Decorating Chrismon Tree
Sunday, November 21 at 11:00 AM
The youth of St. Mark’s have been asked to set up the Chrismon Tree and help decorate the sanctuary as we enter the advent & Christmas seasons! Sunday, November 21st we will stay after church to decorate! Hannah would also like to take Christmas pictures of the group, so be sure to wear your best (or tackiest!) Christmas attire for pictures. Snacks will be provided while we decorate. Hannah can also help with rides home if needed. Can’t wait to see you all then!



Advent I
Sunday, November 28 at 9:00 am
During the 9:00 am Christian Formation hour, we will have items to spruce up your current advent wreath.  Taking time to pray each day through Advent no matter what our schedule is, is a moving way to prepare for the coming of Jesus.  Lighting advent candles at home is a wonderful way to slow down and round out your personal devotions and deepen your connection to God’s story. We will have greens you can take home, prayers to use as you wish, and a variety of candle arrangements to inspire you for  your own home.

 
Advent II
Sunday, December 5 at 9:00 am
During the 9:00 am Christian Formation hour we will be having Advent Art for everyone part I. ‘In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us.” Luke 1:78 (From Zechariah’s song) Creating art is a profound way to reach a meditative state of mind and the profound healing it brings. Folks of all ages benefit from making art together. We will be looking at the joy of Zechariah’s, which bursts out of him, when he can finally talk. God is coming, and like the dawn, his love is on the way. What comes to mind for you? How can we picture such joy?  No art is wrong that you make. Everything is a good creation! We will have a variety of art supplies that you can use.

 
Advent III 
Sunday, December 12 at 9:00 am
During the 9:00 am Christian Formation hour we will be having Advent Art for everyone part II. “Surely it is God who saves me, I will trust in him and not be afraid, for the Lord is my stronghold and sure defense, and he will be my savior.” Isaiah 12:2-3 (from the first song of Isaiah) What does trust in God look like? What does trust in God feel like? Our Savior is coming! We will have different art supplies to work with this day.

 
 Advent IV
Sunday, December 19 at 9:00 am
During the 9:00 am Christian Formation hour, the children and youth participating in the Christmas Pageant will be working with the pageant organizers and doing their preps for the Christmas pageant. We will also be gathering to enjoy each other's company before our Lessons and Carols Service, with lovely punch and light finger foods reception.


 
LESSONS & CAROLS
Sunday, December 19 at 10:00 AM
Please join us on Sunday, December 19, at the 10:00 a.m. worship service, as we present From Darkness to Light:  A Service of Lessons and Carols with St. Mark's Ensemble, Friends, and Chamber Ensemble.  This setting was composed especially for St. Mark's choir and congregation two years ago.



PAGEANT DRESS RHEARSAL
Sunday, December 19 at 9:00 AM
During the 9:00 Christian Formation hour, our children and youth participating in the Christmas Pageant will be working with the pageant organizers and doing their final preps for the Christmas pageant.  

  
 
CHRISTMAS EVE 
Friday, December 24
 Christmas Pageant & Holy Eucharist Rite II
3:00pm

St. Mark's Episcopal Church invites you to celebrate the nativity of our Lord. At 3:00pm, the children and youth of our parish will tell this sacred story with the pageant followed by the Holy Eucharist.
Holy Eucharist Rite II
6:00pm 

Our more traditional service at 6:00pm will include the liturgy, music, and candles that kindle our joy for this most special occasion.  


CHRISTMAS DAY 
Saturday, December 25
Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:00am

First Sunday after Christmas
Sunday, December 26
Holy Eucharist Rite II
Christmas poems and hymns

10:00am
(no 8:00am service)