Advent & Christmas

Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 @ 4pm

Holy Eucharist Rite II & Carols
Bruce and Gwyneth Van Buskirk, recorders & Renaissance Guitar;
& Kim Taylor, Singer/Songwriter

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 @ 9:30pm

Carol Prelude & Holy Eucharist Rite II
Presider & Preacher: The Rev. Martin Elfert, Rector at Grace
with Coventry Choir
Phoebe MacRae, soprano soloist
Jonathan Johnson, trumpet & Hudson Hassler, viola

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25 @ 9am

Carols & Holy Eucharist Rite II
Presider: The Rev. Martin Elfert, Rector at Grace
Preacher: The Reverend Doctor Elizabeth Klein
(Please note there is only one service this morning – at 9am)
Kim Taylor, Singer/Songwriter

Epiphany Evensong, Chili supper, & King’s cake – January 6

Epiphany, Friday, January 6
6pm: Chili supper
7pm: Choral Evensong
7:45: King’s Cake!

Fourth Sunday of Advent:
The Christmas Pageant Story

Third Sunday of Advent:
A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Come celebrate the season with us!

Advent Opportunities

An Advent-zine! – for Wednesday evening formation classes on Zoom at 6pm.

Watch your mailbox for the Grace Advent mailing, arriving soon! Inside, you’ll find a booklet to guide you through the season of ADVENT (along with an art sticker, because stickers are fun!). This booklet will help you explore all four Advent Sunday Gospel lessons and will also play a key role in our Wednesday evening Advent formation classes. If you’re not on the Grace mailing list, swing by the church office to pick up a copy (and drop off your address so we can include you in future mailings!).

Rev. Dan Carlson, Curate & Deacon

Advent Study on the Four Sundays of Advent at 9am – 9:50am in the Parish Hall

For those who identify as women, all are invited to An Advent Study Group at Grace between services on the 4 Sundays of Advent: November 27; December 4; December 11; and December 18. The small study group will be reading “Joy of Every Longing Heart”. For questions, contact Gwen Harvey.

Here is the link to buy the book. 

Advent Project with our Companion Parish, Trinity Cathedral, Monrovia, Liberia

Advent “Dollar A Day” Offering

Sunday, November 27 is the first Sunday of Advent. You will receive a small box after worship. Inside is a note explaining the purpose of our Advent offering. We would like to renew our partnership with our companion parish, Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia, Liberia. We want to help replace one of the stained-glass windows destroyed during the years of war in Liberia. So put a dollar a day—or more—in your box each day of Advent. You can also write a check to Grace Memorial with a note that it is for the stained-glass window fund.

Our next project will be to identify specific areas of need where we can lend support. We will work with the Cathedral and Diocese and other partners to identify possible projects. Over 50% of Liberians live in poverty. It is one of the most dangerous countries for women and children. Episcopal Relief and Development works with other partners to address this issue. Doctors Without Borders is working this year with a measles outbreak, leprosy, epilepsy, malnutrition, mental health and other issues.

If you would be interested in helping to identify a specific project to support and/or brainstorming creative ways to fund the project, please speak to Charles or Cecilia McGee or to me, Judith Meckling (610-659-8812). Our support for our brothers and sisters in Liberia can make a big difference in their lives.

Rev. Judith Meckling

Advent for Children at Grace

Pick up your copy of a Grace Advent coloring book in the Narthex! Learn all about the traditions of the Advent Wreath, find where the angels are at Grace and sing a song of Hope, Joy, Love, Peace & Christ for Advent & Christmas Day!

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