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

Please join us for worship on Christmas Eve, December 24.

Family-Friendly Service at 5:00 pm

Organ Prelude at 9:30 pm

Candlelight Service with Communion at 10:00 pm

ADvent & CHristmas Worship Schedule

please scroll down to find other festive special activities including the christmas tree sale, caroling, and the children's craft workshop

  • Sunday, DEcember 1

    The first Sunday of Advent includes Communion at both 9:00 and 10:30 worship services. St. Paul's giving tree will be available in the Narthex. We hope you will select a tag and provide a Christmas gift for a child in need in our local area. You can read more about this project on our Holiday Giving page.

  • Sunday, December 8

    The second 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. Visit our poinsettia coordinator, Betsy Sanford, in the Narthex after each worship service to order poinsettias, with a dedication in honor or memory of someone special.

  • Sunday, December 15

    The third Sunday of Advent is Music Sunday, as is our tradition. Our Sanctuary Choir will be leading worship with selections for the season. Soloists, full choir, and Joyful Ringers bells will make the 10:30 service ring with glad tidings of great joy. The 9:00 worship service continues to offer a quieter, more contemplative experience with communion. Our poinsettia coordinator will be available following each worship service for those who wish to order poinsettias and make dedications.

  • WEdnesday, December 18: Blue Christmas

    The pressure of the holidays can be hard on people who are hurting. Come to this special service on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton will lead an informal worship time where we acknowledge the toll that pain and loss, depression, sadness, and stress can take, and we'll pause to invite in light and peace.

  • Sunday, December 22

    The fourth Sunday of Advent is our Pageant Sunday. The 9:00 a.m. worship service will meet in the Octagon this day. The centerpiece of the 10:30 a.m. service will be the pageant in the Sanctuary, as young people in Kindergarten through grade 5 present a musical setting of the popular story The Best Christmas Pageant Ever during worship.

  • Monday, December 24: CHristmas Eve

    The Christmas Eve worship service designed to be especially family-friendly will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24. Our Youth Choir will provide music and we'll have glow-stick lights.

    At 9:30 p.m., enjoy a musical prelude in the Sanctuary by organist Marvin Mills. The candlelight worship service starts at 10:00 p.m. The Sanctuary Choir will lead as we sing beloved carols and take time to reflect on the message of Christmas.

  • Sunday, December 29

    Rev. Adam B. Snell will share a sermon on this First Sunday of Christmastide during the usual Sunday worship times, 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. This will be Rev. Snell's final worship service at St. Paul's before he transitions to a new assignment as pastor of Glenn Dale UMC.

Poinsettias & Wreaths

The poinsettias gracing the Sanctuary starting December 22 and the wreaths on our doors have been given in honor and memory of loved ones and to the glory of God by members and friends of St. Paul’s. Please find the Poinsettia Dedications and read more at the Poinsettia page.

Holiday Office Hours

Please note: Church office hours change during the holidays! 

The offices will be closed to the public starting at 12:00 noon on December 24 so we can focus on preparations for Christmas Eve worship services that night. The building and offices are also closed on Wednesday, December 25 & Thursday, December 26 as we take time from work to celebrate the holiday.

The office will also be closed in observance of New Year's Day on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. 

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 1 (First Sunday of Advent)

9:00 AM

   We Are Called (#2172)

9:00 & 10:30 AM

   We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations (#569)

   Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (#196)

December 8 (Second Sunday of Advent)

9:00 AM & 10:30 AM

   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (#211)

   People, Look East (#202)

   Blessed Be the God of Israel (#209)

December 15 (Music Sunday)

9:00 AM

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

   What Child Is This (#219)

   He Is Born (#228) 

10:30 AM (Sanctuary)

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

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

   Angels We Have Heard on High (#238)

   Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (#240)

December 22 (Christmas Pageant Sunday)

9:00 AM (Octagon)

   Sing We Now of Christmas (#237)

   Once In Royal David's City (#250)

   Away in a Manger (#217)

10:30 AM (Sanctuary)

   Sing We Now of Christmas (#237)

   In the Bleak Midwinter (#221)

   Away in a Manger (#217)

December 24 (Christmas Eve)

5:00 PM - Family Service

   O Come, All Ye Faithful (#234)

   There’s a Song in the Air (#249)

   It Came upon the Midnight Clear (#218)

   Silent Night, Holy Night (#239)

10:00 PM - Candlelight Service

   Angels from the Realms of Glory (#220)

   The First Noel (#245)

   O Little Town of Bethlehem (#230)

   Silent Night, Holy Night (#239)

December 29 - First Sunday in Christmastide

9:00 AM & 10:30 AM

   Joy to the World (#246)

   Good Christian Friends, Rejoice (#224)

   Go, Tell It on the Mountain (#251)