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 3

    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 donations.

  • Sunday, December 10

    The second Sunday of Advent is Music Sunday, as is our tradition. Our Sanctuary Choir will be joined by a variety of guest musicians leading worship with traditional and contemporary music. Past Music Sunday events have included bells, strings, and our fabulous organ along with large ensemble and featured solo singers.

  • Sunday, December 17

    The third Sunday of Advent is our Pageant Sunday. The 9:00am 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 will present "Carriers of the Light," their retelling of the traditional Christmas Story.

  • Sunday, December 24 (morning)

    The fourth Sunday of Advent is Christmas Eve day! We will celebrate in the morning with a single worship service at 10:00 am.

  • Sunday, December 24 (evening)

    The Christmas Eve worship service designed to be especially family-friendly will be held at 5:00pm on Sunday, 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 explore the concept of "homecoming" during the holidays.

  • Sunday, December 31

    On New Year's Eve day, we will be back on our usual Sunday worship schedule for services at 9:00 and 10:30 am.

Holiday Office Hours

Please note: Church office hours change during the holidays! 


We are closed on Monday December 25, Tuesday December 26, and Monday January 1, 2018. 


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, or ext 103 for instructions on reaching Rev. Claire Matheny after hours.

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 3 (First Sunday of Advent)

9:00 AM & 10:30 AM

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

What Feast of Love (#3170)

Blessed Be the God of Israel (#209) 9:00 AM only



December 10 (Music Sunday)

9:00 AM & 10:30 AM

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (#211)

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (#196)

Good Christian Friends, Rejoice (#224)



December 17 (Children’s Pageant Sunday)

9:00 AM (Octagon)

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (#216)

What Child is This (#219)

Sing We Now of Christmas (#237)

10:30 AM (Sanctuary)

Blessed Be the God of Israel (#209)

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (#229)

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



December 24 (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

10:00 AM

Once in Royal David’s City (#250)

It Came upon the Midnight Clear (#218)

In the Bleak Midwinter (#221)

Angels from the Realms of Glory (#220)



December 24 (Christmas Eve)

5:00 PM

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (#240)

O Little Town of Bethlehem (#230)

Away in a Manger (#217)

Silent Night, Holy Night (#239)

10:00 PM

O Come, All Ye Faithful (#234)

Angels We Have Heard on High (#238)

He Is Born (#228)

Silent Night, Holy Night (#239)



December 31

9:00 AM & 10:30 AM

We Three Kings(#254)

Go, Tell It on the Mountain (#251)

Joy to the World (#246)