Advent & Christmas at St. Paul's

Advent & Christmas at St. Paul’s

Advent & Christmas at St. Paul’s

 

Join us throughout this season in worship, formation, and community events. Find everything you need to know right here!

 

FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT

 

Community Hour: Mapping our Community and Taking Advent Home
Sunday,  December 2
10:10am in the Parish Hall

We’re looking at our extensive parish neighborhoods. Come mark your place on a Seattle map and talk about how we might take advantage of that proximity to foster community through small groups and House Church. Additionally, learn about Advent prayer rituals for the whole family and take home some candles to create your own Advent Wreath.

 

Racial Justice Working Group: What does it mean to be an ally?
Tuesday, December 4
6:30pm in the Parish Hall

The St. Paul’s Racial Justice Working Group has been established to intentionally participate in the dismantling of racism – all are welcome! Each month we will dive into a particular topic… learn about it, discuss it, and pray about it together with a simple soup supper provided. Contact Barbara Potgieter if you plan to attend so that she can send you some reading on this month’s topic.

 

Wednesday Night Church:
Singing the Liturgy

Wednesday, December 5
Evening Prayer at 5:30pm, Mass at 6:15pm, Food and Formation to follow

As an enrichment of our Wednesday Night Church liturgy, the Mass will include music – simple plainsong that works well for that time and setting. We’re excited to have St. Paul’s Organist/Choirmaster Gary James and Priest Associate Father Walter Knowles on hand to talk to use about this style of music and to teach us how to sing it.

 

Choral Evensong
Saturday, December 8 at 5:30pm

December’s Choral Evensong will feature music by John Amner, sung by a St. Paul’s choir. Join us for an evening of prayer, contemplation, and song. Childcare is provided.


SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

 

And I, Francis Book Signing
Sunday, December 9 at both morning coffee hours

And I, Francis: The Life of Francis Assisi in Word and Image has been redesigned and reprinted to coincide with St. Mark’s Cathedral accepting as a gift the original oil paintings reproduced in the novella (these are the paintings by Kathleen Frugé Brown on which she based the linoleum block prints in St. Paul’s library). The artist, together with writer and St. Paul’s parishioner Laurie Dunlap, and book designer Sandy Nelson, will be available to sign books for anyone who would like to buy a copy.

 

Community Hour:
Noonday Office
December 9 at 10:10am in the Parish Hall

St. Paul’s is adding a noonday office in the church, offered Wednesdays in Advent and Tuesday-Friday in January. Come to find out more.

 

 

Wednesday Night Church:
The Coming of the Messiah
Wednesday, December 12
Evening Prayer at 5:30pm, Mass at 6:15pm, Food and Formation to follow

As the lectionary readings make it clear, Advent is about the coming of the Messiah. It is about the first coming in a manger in Bethlehem, of course, but also the coming again in power and great glory. For two weeks, Father Rob will lead the discussion on the coming of the Messiah, concentrating on the coming again without ignoring the first coming. We’ll dig a little into Jewish expectation, but also the Church’s own longing for Christ’s return and for the Kingdom that accompanies it.

 

Food and Faith
Thursday, December 13
6:15pm in the St. Francis Room

We will be gathering to continue our theologically based conversation about St. Paul’s Food and Faith movement. To find out more about what to read in preparation, email Father Rob.

 


Advent Party

Saturday, December 15
4-6pm in the Parish Hall

All ages are invited to St. Paul’s Advent Party! Artist-in-Residence Ethan Anderson will sing, play, lead us in song, and reflect upon his work as a musician. The event will also be an opportunity to support Chaplains on the Harbor, a group of chaplains pastoring, organizing, and empowering the leadership of poor people in Gray’s Harbor County. If you would like to support this ministry, consider bringing a sleeping bag, tent, or monetary offering. Representatives from Chaplains on the Harbor will be our guests so we’ll have a chance to learn much more about this creative and inspiring ministry.


THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT

 

Celebration of St. Lucy
Sunday, December 16 at both morning coffee hours

This is the day we celebrate St. Lucy, the bearer of light in a season of darkness, in both of our coffee hours. We’ll celebrate with traditional Scandinavian treats and, of course, an appearance by St. Lucy

 

Community Hour:
Christmas Saints
December 16, 10:10am in the Parish Hall

The Church celebrates the life and ministry of St Nicholas of Myra on December 6 and St. Lucy on December 13. Father Rob will lead a discussion about these two saints who (besides Mary and Joseph) are probably the most closely associated with Christmas, and also about the traditions that have grown up around them. We hope that you’ll come and share your favorite stories and traditions about these saints.

 

Wednesday Night Church:
The Coming of the Messiah
Wednesday, December 19
Evening Prayer at 5:30pm, Mass at 6:15pm, Food and Formation to follow

As the lectionary readings make it clear, Advent is about the coming of the Messiah. It is about the first coming in a manger in Bethlehem, of course, but also the coming again in power and great glory.  Father Rob will continue the discussion on the coming of the Messiah, concentrating on the coming again without ignoring the first coming. We’ll dig a little into Jewish expectation, but also the Church’s own longing for Christ’s return and for the Kingdom that accompanies it.


FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT

 


Caroling in the Labyrinth

Sunday, December 23, 6:30pm

Gather together to share some of our favorite carols with the neighborhood. Songbooks will be provided. Seasonal refreshments to follow.


 


Christmas Eve Mass

December 24 at 5pm

All are invited to share in the delight of the Nativity as the children and families of St. Paul’s present the Godly Play Christmas Story.

 

 


First Mass of Christmas

December 24 at 10:30pm

Herald the birth of Jesus with carols, motets, and Holy Eucharist.

 

 


Christmas Day Mass

December 25 at 11am

Holy Eucharist with carols.

 

 


Fatted Calf Café

December 25

We need you! Christmas is a busy time for us all, but we don’t want to lose the momentum on this important community meal that reaches many in need. Share in the spirit of Christmas by signing up to volunteer. There’s a time and space for everyone.


Wednesday Night Church:

Feast of St. Stephen
Wednesday, December 26
Evening Prayer at 5:30pm, Mass at 6:15pm, no formation

 

 


First Sunday after Christmas Day

Sunday, December 30

 

 

 


The Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ

Sunday, January 6

Join us for our King’s Cake tradition at Community Hour at 10:10am in the Parish Hall.