December 16, 2013
It’s cold outside, but at Pilgrim, the warmth and energy of the season continues! We especially welcome guests and visitors to our traditional Christmas activities and worship:
Sunday, December 22, 10:00. A worship service led by Pilgrim’s Handbell Choir, Children and Youth. This collaborative effort will retell the Christmas story from the perspective of Twinkle and the Bethlehem star by which the Magi found their way to Bethlehem.
Sunday, December 22, 4:30. Christmas caroling-a most enjoyable intergenerational activity. We sing traditional Christmas carols to home bound and elderly members of our congregation and then come back to the church to warm up with pizza.
Christmas Eve, 5:00 and 10:00 pm. Come for a meditative beginning or end to your Christmas Eve gatherings. Carols, candlelight, and the Christmas story in our beautiful sanctuary.
Sunday, December 29, 10:00 a.m. “I Remember Christmas.” On the Sunday following Christmas, Pilgrim gathers as a community to hear from its own members. Bob Rhode, Parker Tewes, Rachael Kresha and Paula Polasky will share stories of their Christmas remembrances.
Please note that our church office closes at noon on Christmas Eve and will be closed Christmas Day, and from December 27-January 1. Staff members will be in working flexible hours, so leave a message if you like and someone will return your call.
December 3, 2013
For centuries, the four Sundays prior to Christmas have been set aside as the season of Advent, a time for preparation and anticipation of the Messiah’s coming. Advent is multi-dimensional: in addition to preparing for this year’s Christmas, we also contemplate the time when Messiah comes again. In the midst of all the outer hustle and bustle of the season, households in our congregation reflect on deeper issues of life and meaning. Each Sunday morning service during Advent has its own special character and excitement.
First Sunday, December 1. Hanging of the Greens Pilgrim’s sanctuary is beautiful during the Christmas season. The seasonal transformation takes place during worship when lights, flowers, the Christmas tree and nativity set are put in place. We recall the long history of God’s people, especially the times of deep national darkness and distress. Generation after generation, prophets offered reassurance and hope of God’s presence. They reminded the people of their calling to live as if God’s reign had already begun.
Second Sunday, December 8. Worship, Advent Workshop and Art Fair. The Rev. Karen Schuder will conduct worship and preach on this second Sunday of Advent. Following worship, there will be tables set up for making a variety of seasonal decorations and gifts to take home. In addition, several artisans in the congregation will offer items for sale for holiday gift giving. Lunch is available during the workshop.
Third Sunday, December 15. Gloria by Anton Vivaldi. The Pilgrim choir and instrumentalists will present Vivaldi’s Gloria on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. The music is an inspiration to the joy of the season.
Fourth Sunday. December 22. Children’s Pageant accompanied by Bellissimo Handbell Choir. Children, youth and musicians will retell the Christmas story with readings, bells and drama as captured in Twinkle and the Bethlehem Star by Tammy Waldrop.
Christmas Eve Candlelight services will be held on December 24 at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.