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Holiday Worship Schedule

Advent 4: “The World Is About to Turn”

Sunday, December 24 at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

We will gather in the morning of Christmas Eve to hear the story of the angel Gabriel coming to Mary to foretell Jesus’ birth. This story occurs right before Mary responds with what is now known as the Magnificat (or the “Song of Mary”): “My soul magnifies the Lord” (Lk 1:46-55). This text has been with us through our Advent services as we sing and hear snippets of the song “Canticle of the Turning” (Rory Cooney):

“My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn.

Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn.”

We’ve moved through the season of Advent with the anticipation of the world turning. Our journey from the longest, darkest night leans into the dawning of Holy light.

Christmas Eve: “Love Has Come—A Light in the Darkness!”

Sunday, December 24 at 4:00, 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Love has come—a light in the darkness! We rejoice in God’s steadfast presence in our lives, and in God’s unique presence in the life of Jesus; in all his life manifesting the peace, love and justice of God; his voice undimmed by the centuries, his call and his promise as clear to us as it was to his disciples so long ago. On this night, we pray that Christ be born in us—in our hearts, our minds, and our lives—and that we may be led to the shining truth that God is with us, for us, and in us.

Each Christmas Eve service will include communion and candle lighting. The first two services will be identical in format with an array of musical offerings. The third, late night service will be contemplative in nature with a long period of carols and candle lighting.

New Year’s Eve Day: “Renew Us”

Sunday, December 31 at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

In the morning, we will immerse ourselves in lessons and carols of the season as we lean into a new year. Our 6 p.m. evening service will continue on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Michael Larson, Worship, Arts & Service Director

If you have questions regarding liturgy, music and arts, please don’t hesitate to contact me in person or via email (michael@gsolympia.org).

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