Advent-Christmas Calendar 2022

Advent-Christmas Calendar 2022

Advent, Christmas & Epiphany at Old First

There are as many ways as reasons to feel joy and experience love during this holy season. The church’s holiday calendar is listed below, because we believe church helps give these holy days their deepest meanings.

As we move into hybrid ministry, almost all of the services in the Sanctuary and all the Bible studies will also be available online. Some of the worship, specifically the Advent Midweek Services, is online only. The 5 pm Christmas Eve Service – where we walk around the neighborhood – will not be “broadcast.”

As we are coming out of the pandemic and people are still finding their way back to church, both to our physical space and online, don’t each of us have more of a reason to invite others to church this Christmas? … It’s actually a gift we can give them.

Saturday, November 26, The Greening of the Sanctuary, 10 am – 2 pm

(There will be no online option.)

 

Sunday, November 27, The First Sunday of Advent in the Sanctuary and online

~ Advent Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Bob Robinson, 9:30 -10:30 am

~ Worship at 11 am

 

Wednesday, November 30, Advent Midweek Service online at  7 pm

Tamar will help us appreciate what young people can teach us.

 

Sunday, December 4, The Second Sunday of Advent in the Sanctuary and online

~ Advent Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Bob Robinson, 9:30 – 10:30 am

~ Worship at 11 am

 

Wednesday, December 7, Advent Midweek Service online at 7 pm

Rehab will ask us to see who we might help “behind enemy lines.”

 

Sunday, December 11, The Third Sunday of Advent in the Sanctuary and online

~ Advent Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Bob Robinson, 9:30 – 10:30 am

~ Worship at 11 am with special extended Children’s Time

 

Wednesday, December 14, Advent Midweek Service online at 7 pm

Ruth will challenge us to commit to whom we would go to “the ends of the earth for.”

 

Sunday, December 18, The Fourth Sunday of Advent in the Sanctuary and online

~ Advent Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Bob Robinson, 9:30-10:30 am

~ Worship at 11 am with Center City Chamber Orchestra sharing Christmas music

 

Wednesday, December 21, Advent Midweek Service online at 7 pm

Bathsheba will invite us to believe God can make a way where there was only sin. 

 

Thursday, December 22

~ Center City Chamber Orchestra presents “Christmas Re-orchestrated” – an orchestra concert at Old First, 7 pm

 

Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve

~ Christmas Eve Saturday Breakfast / Cupboard (can you or “your people” help out?)

~ Family Christmas Eve Service at 5 pm; dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes as this service is outdoors in the Old City neighborhood. (This service is not online) 

~ Traditional Candlelight Lessons and Carols with brass in the Sanctuary and online at 8 pm

 

Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day in the Sanctuary and online

~ An informal worship service at 11 am, as together we retell the holy story.

There will be a hymn sing of favorite Christmas hymns and songs.

~ Christmas Dinner for the Hungry at 4 pm (could you or “your people” help us / join us for dinner?)

 

Saturday, December 31, New Year’s Eve

~ New Year’s Eve Saturday Breakfast / Cupboard (could you or “your people” help us?)

~ Watch Night Prayer Service at 7 pm, ending with a sparkling cider toast to the New Year; in the Sanctuary and online

 

Sunday, January 1, 2023, New Year’s Day and the First Sunday after Christmas; in the Sanctuary and online

~ Worship at 11 am

~ New Year’s Day Dinner for the Hungry at 4 pm (can you or “your people” help us / join us for dinner?)

 

Sunday, January 8, Epiphany Sunday

~ Worship at 11 am