Advent and Christmas at St. Paul's

Each Sunday offers opportunities to be involved in worship, fellowship, and service at St. Paul's. 

Please read below for details about worship services during this holy and beautiful holiday season.

Sunday Worship Schedule

  • Sunday, DEcember 2

    The first Sunday of Advent is a communion Sunday. It will also be a busy day with opportunities to spread cheer beyond the walls of St. Paul's through the Giving Tree gift project, Scattered for Service, and Communion Collect food donations.

  • Sunday, December 9

    The second Sunday of Advent is Music Sunday, as is our tradition. Our Sanctuary Choir will be leading worship with selections from living American composers, including our own Marvin Mills. Soloists, full choir, and Joyful Ringers bells will make the 10:30 service ring with glad tidings of great joy,

  • Sunday, December 16

    The third Sunday of Advent is our Pageant Sunday. The 9:00 am worship service will meet in the Octagon this day. The centerpiece of the 10:30 am worship service will be the pageant, as young people grade 5 and under present "The Tale of the Drowsy Shepherd" in the Sanctuary.

  • Sunday, December 23

    The fourth Sunday of Advent includes all the usual features of our beautiful worship time together. Both the contemplative 9:00 worship with communion and the traditional 10:30 worship service will offer seasonal hymns, scripture, and coffee hour afterwards in the Octagon.

  • Monday, December 24 (evening)

    The Christmas Eve worship service designed to be especially family-friendly will be held at 5:00pm on Monday, December 24. 

    At 9:30 pm, enjoy a musical prelude in the Sanctuary, with a candlelight worship service starting at 10:00 pm. We will sing beloved carols and take time to reflect on the message of Christmas.

  • Sunday, December 30

    Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton will share a sermon on the Gift of Peace at Christmastide during the usual Sunday worship services at 9:00 and 10:30 am.

Advent in the Home

Advent is a time to prepare with joy for the birth of Jesus and his message of peace. St. Paul’s has two resources for your family and personal devotional time this year. Look for free copies in the Narthex, along with instructions for making your own Advent wreath.

Advent: A Calendar of Devotions 2018, from the United Methodist Publishing House, leads readers through each day of Advent, and considers the birth of Christ through the eyes of those who witnessed the miracle long ago.

Advent 2018: Worship in the Home will be available starting December 2. This booklet contains five reflections written by families of St. Paul’s, a weekly Scripture selection, a meditation, a prayer, and a hymn. It may be used in conjunction with the lighting of the candles on your own Advent wreath. You can also download a *pdf version of this booklet by clicking here.

For more information about our Sunday afternoon Advent Study led by Rev. Kate Mackererth Fulton, please see the Adult Education page.

Hymns During the Holidays

One of the great joys of the Advent and Christmas season is the opportunity to sing and hear our favorite hymns and carols in this special time of year. At St. Paul’s, we have so many hymns and so little time to squeeze them all in. So that you don’t miss your favorite, here is our schedule of hymns for December worship services:

December 2 (First Sunday of Advent)

9:00 AM

   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (#211)

   Jesus Remember Me (#488)

   Blessed Be the God of Israel (#209)

10:30 AM

   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (#211)

   Blessed Be the God of Israel (#209)

December 9 (Music Sunday)

9:00 AM

   Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates (#213)

   Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (#229)

   Angels We Have Heard on High (#238)

10:30 AM

   Hail to the Lord's Anointed (#203)

   In the Bleak Midwinter (#221)

   While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (#236)

   Angels from the Realms of Glory (#220)


December 16 (Children’s Pageant Sunday)

9:00 AM (Octagon)

   Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (#196)

   Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (#216)

   Good Christian Friends Rejoice (#224)  

10:30 AM (Sanctuary)

   Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (#196)

   I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (#206)

   Away in a Manger (#217)

December 23 (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

9:00 AM

   People Look East (#202)

   Once In Royal David's City (#250)

   He Is Born (#228)

10:30 AM

   People Look East (#202)

   O Little Town of Bethlehem (#230)

   He Is Born (#228)

December 24 (Christmas Eve)

5:00 PM

   O Come, All Ye Faithful (#234)

   The First Noel (#245)

   What Child Is This (#219)

   Silent Night, Holy Night (#239)

10:00 PM

   Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (#240)

   It Came upon the Midnight Clear (#218)

   Angels We Have Heard on High (#238)

   What Child Is This (#219)

   Silent Night, Holy Night (#239)

December 30 - First Sunday in Christmastide

9:00 AM & 10:30 AM

   Joy to the World (#246)

   I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

   Let There Be Peace on Earth (#431)

Holiday Office Hours

Please note: Church office hours change during the holidays! 

We are closed on Tuesday December 25 & Wednesday December 26, as well as on Tuesday January 1, 2019. 

In the event of a pastoral emergency while the office is closed, call 301-933-7933 then dial ext 101 and listen for instructions on how to reach Rev. Adam Snell after hours.