Advent at WPC

Special Advent Worship Services at Westminster

Sunday, December 4
A Ceremony of Carols
11 AM worship in the Sanctuary
Featuring the Westminster Choir performing Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, a Christmas cantata for choir and harp featuring texts from The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems, a 1933 collection of Middle English poems edited by Gerald Bullett.

Sunday, December 18
Festival Sunday with the Commonwealth Brass
8:30 AM & 11 AM Worship in the Sanctuary
The Commonwealth Brass join us again this year as we enjoy singing our hymns with brass accompaniment. The Commonwealth Brass will begin playing before the later service at 10:45 AM, so come early if you’d like to hear them! Both services on Festival Sunday are otherwise identical.

Wednesday, December 21
Longest Night Service
7:30 PM Worship in the Sanctuary
For many, the Christmas season is a particularly difficult one. On this shortest of days, we will worship and reflect on what it means to dwell in the darkness of night. Together we will lift up our whole selves to the Lord, asking that God’s light would shine in our darkest places.

Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve
We invite you to join us for a meaningful Christmas Eve at Westminster, as we celebrate the hope brought to us by the birth of Jesus Christ. At each of our three services, hear the story of Christmas and sing familiar Christmas hymns, accompanied by organ, including “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World.” Children are welcome at all our services; the 5 PM service is our “family-friendliest” service. All services will be in the Sanctuary.

11 AM Worship in the Sanctuary
Childcare available in the nursery
Reception following in Johnson Parlor

5 PM Worship in the Sanctuary
Candlelight Service

8 PM Worship in the Sanctuary
7:45 p.m. Prelude
Candlelight Service
Music with the Westminster Choir

Sunday, December 25 & Sunday, January 1
11 AM Worship in the Sanctuary (one service only)


Centering Prayer in Advent
Wednesdays, November 30 and December 7, 14, & 21
4–5 PM in Westminster Room
Contact: Amey Upton | aupton@wpc-alex.org
Centering Prayer is an ancient form of being together, in prayer, letting go of all competing distractions and giving our loving attentiveness to God. Take time in this busy season to prepare for Christmas by centering in prayer. Members, visitors, friends, and neighbors are invited to join us to gather together this Advent. We’ll share a Scripture or a reading together. We’ll share silence together. We’ll reflect together. The desire to be with God, together, is prayer in and of itself.  No experience necessary. Come. Be with God. Together.

Annual Boxwood Workshop
Tuesday, November 29 & Wednesday, November 30
9:30 AM or 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
Contact: Madeline Ramsey | crafts@wpc-alex.org
Come either day to make boxwood wreaths, centerpieces, tabletop trees, candlestick arrangements, kissing balls, and more. Cost of making items from $14 to $30. Extra materials, bows made to order, pre-made balsam wreaths available.

Alternative Giving Bazaar
Sundays, December 4 & 11
Following both the 8:30 and 11:00 AM services in Fellowship Hall
Contact: Elizabeth Martineau | bazaar@wpc-alex.org
The Alternative Giving Bazaar provides a great opportunity to honor friends and family by giving gifts in their names to any of almost two dozen organizations supported by the Local, National and International Missions Committees at Westminster. These gifts will reach deserving people in our community, nation and around the world.

Christmas Pageant & All-Church Dinner
Sunday, December 11 at 5 PM in the Sanctuary
Contact: Congregational Life Committee | cl@wpc-alex.org
Come see our children tell the Christmas story, then enjoy a catered pasta dinner (small fee for dinner).

Christmas Flowers and Mission Giving
Contact: Jessica Thurnes | jthurnes@wpc-alex.org
Honor or memorialize loved ones with a dedication in the Christmas bulletins. In addition to providing the two flower arrangements in the Sanctuary, donations will support the the Presbytery of the Northern Plains, with whom we partner in support of their member church Bdecan Presbyterian on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota. Checks made out to Westminster with “Christmas Flowers” noted on the memo line. There is no minimum/maximum donation requirement. Deadline Monday, December 12.

Christmas Joy Offering
This PC(USA) Offering is shared by the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, which provides critical assistance to Presbyterian church workers and their families; and Presbyterian-affiliated racial ethnic schools and colleges, which enable students to develop their gifts and find their calling. Remember our support to these two vital services of the Presbyterian Church as we seek to honor every child of God this Christmas season.