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)


Advent 2017: Worship in the Home

Advent, which begins Sunday December 3, is the season of hope and renewal, a time to prepare with joy for the birth of Jesus and his message of peace. St. Paul’s has two resources for use in your family and personal devotional time. You can pick up copies in the Narthex, or download the digital versions below.

Advent Guides

ADVENT 2017: WORSHIP IN THE HOME is a booklet containing five weekly reflections written by families of St. Paul’s. Each week’s reading includes a Scripture passage, a meditation, a prayer, and a hymn. There are also instructions for how to make your own advent wreath so you can use the passages in conjunction with lighting advent candles in your home. Click here to download the *PDF version of this devotional guide.


ADVENT: A CALENDAR OF DEVOTIONS, available through the United Methodist Publishing House, contains brief readings for each day of Advent, including a passage of Scripture, a devotion, and a closing prayer. In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the selections reflect the writings of Protestant reformers. Please pick up a copy of this publication in the church Narthex. If you should wish to purchase the ebook version, you can find it through Abingdon Press.