ADVENT & CHRISTMAS

at Christ Episcopal Church

Advent at Christ Church is a time of waiting and of watching, of listening and of breathing, and of focusing on our search for Christ’s peace in our lives as we prepare ourselves to celebrate his birth. This focus encourages us to slow down; Advent challenges the commotion that is commonly found around the holidays, and helps us stay grounded.

The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The center of this season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000-year-old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. Scripture readings for Advent will reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life.

In this double focus on past and future, Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and a congregation as they affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again in power.

Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, and of longing.

It is the season that begins the liturgical year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day - the Sunday nearest November 30th - and ends on Christmas Eve, December 24th. If Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday on a given year, it is counted as the fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas Eve proper beginning at sundown. This year, the season of Advent begins on Sunday, November 28, 2021.

The liturgical color of the season is traditionally purple, but has been replaced by blue (to differentiate it from Lent) in many churches, and that is the case here at Christ Episcopal Church.

In the Book of Common Prayer, Christmas Day is one of the seven principal feasts. The Christmas season lasts twelve days, from Christmas Day until January 5th - the day before the Epiphany. It season includes Christmas Day, the First Sunday after Christmas Day, the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and may include the Second Sunday after Christmas Day. In many parishes, the main liturgical celebrations of Christmas take place on Christmas Eve.

Below are the Advent and Christmas season services that Christ Episcopal Church presents - those who join us each Sunday, those who visit more seasonally, and those who have never entered our doors. And although we may need to do so virtually these days, the value of worship never diminishes. We welcome each and every one of you, always, and wish you all a most blessed and healthy season.

christ episcopal church always follows current health guidelines as directed by the episcopal diocese of maryland and the howard county health department. 
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Christ Church's

Advent and Christmas Schedule

NOTE: due to the increase in positive COVID-19 cases in our area, we are requiring those attending Christmas services to submit our brief attendance form. you can find that form here.

christ church follows all safety and health protocols as directed by the diocese of Maryland and Howard County.

 

Christ Church on Christmas Eve

Friday, December 24th

at 4:00, 8:00, and 11:00 p.m. in the New Brick Sanctuary

and via the CEC website, Facebook, and YouTube

Music begins 30 minutes prior to the 8 and 11 p.m. services

Our youth are an integral part of the 4:00 Christmas Eve gathering at Christ Church, a family service that's followed by a live Nativity. Kids from pre-school - 5th grade are invited to have a role (they are all non-speaking parts), so email us at info@christchurchcolumbia.org or call the Church Office to participate.

 

This Christmas Eve service concludes with a Youth Choir reunion, so if you ever sang in the Christ Church Youth Choir, you’re invited to join us! Email info@christchurchcolumbia.org for details.


That evening, our excellent choir and instrumentalists will lead the extraordinary musical presentation prior to both uplifting Festal Eucharist services, so arrive at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. to grab great seats and join us as we celebrate in joyous song!

 

 

 

Christmas Day Worship

Saturday, December 25th

at 10:00 a.m. in the New Brick Sanctuary

and livestreamed on the CEC website, Facebook, and YouTube

Christmas Day Eucharist is a truly wonderful service, and in 2021 it takes place in the Sanctuary of New Brick. And so, as the hymnist suggested... “Come and worship… worship Christ, the new-born King!”

First Sunday After Christmas

Sunday, December 26th

at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. in the New Brick Sanctuary

and via the CEC website, Facebook, and YouTube

On this final Sunday of the calendar year, we'll worship with Holy Eucharist at our usual time.

New Year's Day Eucharist

Saturday, January 1st

at 10:00 a.m. in the New Brick Sanctuary

and via website, Facebook, and YouTube

We will gather online for this first morning of 2022, and collectively begin this New Year with a Holy Eucharist and prayers for a healthier and more peaceful year-to-come.

Check back often for additional services and information.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Past Services

Advent I

Sunday, November 28th

at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. in the New Brick Sanctuary

and 10:30 a.m. via the CEC website, Facebook, and YouTube

Begin the Advent season with us, either in person or online. We will have two Sunday morning services in the Sanctuary of New Brick. You can also worship virtually at 10:30 a.m. by using the above links.

Advent Quiet Day

Presented by the Christ Church Spiritual Life Commission

Led by the Reverend Kirk Kubicek​

Saturday, December 4th

from 8:30-12:00 noon in the New Brick Sanctuary

This year, Advent Quiet Day will be an in-person gathering, and everyone's welcome to join us and spend time together to help us all focus and retain our perspective in the hectic weeks leading up to Christmas Day.


We are blessed to have Reverend Kirk Kubicek leading this morning retreat. He served as our part-time Interim Rector in 2015-16 and has spent over 35 years in parish ministry.


To begin, we’ll gather in the Great Hall of New Brick for packaged breakfast and conversation, beginning at 8:30 a.m. We’ll then have readings and discussions, as well as times for quiet meditation. This morning together will then conclude with a Holy Eucharist. We hope that you’ll join us for an enriching start to this blessed season.

 Advent II

Sunday, December 5th

at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. in the New Brick Sanctuary

and 10:30 a.m. via the CEC websiteFacebook, and YouTube

Worship with us in New Brick at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. on this morning. Christ Church Sunday School and Adult Forum: Sunday Circle both gather in-between services.

Rosemary for Remembrance

worship for when christmas is a difficult time

Saturday, December 11th

at 7:00 p.m. in the New Brick Sanctuary

and via the CEC website, Facebook, and YouTube

We have all known a great amount of loss this year. The impact of losing a loved one, either to COVID or other ailment, has been felt by all of us. In addition, the season leading up to Christmas can be a pressured time when frazzled nerves can cause us to get beside ourselves. This is why Christ Church offers our Rosemary Service of Remembrance, a quiet worship that helps us to slow down and recover ourselves. We welcome everyone to join us in a comforting and meditative service of prayer, music, and readings, as we lift up all of those loved ones who have left us.

 Advent III

Sunday, December 12th

at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. in the New Brick Sanctuary

10:30 a.m. via the CEC website, Facebook, and YouTube

Join us for Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. in New Brick, as well as youth and adult formation classes and coffee hour fellowship.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 12th

at 7:00 p.m. in the New Brick Sanctuary

and via the CEC website, Facebook, and YouTube

Christ Church will hold a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in New Brick, a truly wonderful gathering whose origins date back to late 19th century England. All are most welcome to join us in this celebration of glorious carols, anthems, and hymns led by our wonderful choir, interspersed with Bible passages. Please join us - in person or online - for an evening of joyful expression, in word and song, of the greatest story that has ever been told. 

Morning and Evening Prayer livestreams

Monday - Friday at 7:00 a.m.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:00 p.m.

via our website and Facebook

Our virtual tradition continues as Father Manny, Deacon Denise, and wonderfully dedicated members of the Christ Church family lead us in a brief prayer service livestream to begin and end our days throughout the Advent season.

Christ Church's Advent Preaching Series:

Emmanuel, God is With Us

Each Sunday during Advent

at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. in the New Brick Sanctuary

and 10:30 a.m. via the CEC website, Facebook, and YouTube

The season of Advent is one of preparation, and one to hear the greatest story ever told - that God made His home among humans. This story has changed the course of human history and opened our eyes to see not only the divine in each of us but to experience the self-giving love of God. In this preaching series, we will explore what the greatest story is all about and, more importantly, the depth to which this riveting story invites us into the mystery and majesty of God. Please join us on November 28 and December 5, 12, and 19 at both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 services.

 Grieving through the Holidays workshop

Saturday, December 18th

at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom

Christ Church presents a new Zoom gathering, Grieving Through the Holidays. All those who have lost a loved one are encour-aged to attend, and to take some time to learn new strategies and receive support from others who may be spending this Christmas without someone special in their lives. The Zoom link will be in our upcoming weekly emails, so let us know if you’d like to receive these - info@christchurchcolumbia.org

 Advent IV

Sunday, December 19th

at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. in the New Brick Sanctuary

and 10:30 a.m. via the CEC website, Facebook, and YouTube

This is the final Sunday prior to Christmas Eve, so join us as we eagerly anticipate the coming of the Christ child. Join us for Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. in New Brick, as well as youth and adult formation classes between services and coffee hour fellowship afterward.

 Christ Church's Annual

Community Caroling and Cookie Exchange

Sunday, December 19th

at 7:00 p.m. in New Brick

and via the CEC website, Facebook, and YouTube

Christ Church will host our annual "Caroling and Cookies" amidst New Brick’s beauty and candlelight. We’ll sing of God’s glorious presence captured in some of the most beautiful and beloved carols from around the world. We’ll have our Cookie Exchange - now a cherished (and delicious!) tradition at Christ Church - following the singing, so we invite you to bring along some of your baked seasonal goods to share with others.