Advent & Christmas

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Come worship with us as we sing the songs of the season, light the Advent candles, and listen for Hope in the Midst of Hopelessness, Love in the Midst of Hate, Joy in the Midst of Despair, Peace in the Midst of Chaos, and Christ’s Presence in the Midst of Human Loneliness.

Hanging of the Greens – Sunday, November 27, 7pm: Hanging of the Greens is a favorite tradition at Covenant. We bring in the holiday greens and other decorations in preparation for Christmas and explain their meanings with readings and music.

Brunch in Bethlehem – Saturday, December 3, 10 am -noon: Come, children, and experience the world into which Jesus was born.  Crafts, games, and time at table with your church family.

“Invitation to a Miracle” Christmas Cantata D- Sunday December 18,  9 and 11:15 am. The cantata is presented by the chancel choir, accompanied by members of the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, and will be directed by Kathy Smallwood. Through poetic narration, Scripture passages, and creatively arranged carols, the timeless story of the birth of Christ is told in this Joseph Martin cantata.

Longest Night Worship – Wednesday, December 21, 6:30 pm:  New this year – our weekly Wednesday Night service will be special on the longest night of the year, winter solstice, as we extend a special invitation to those experiencing a “blue Christmas.”  Whether you have experienced a loss or tragedy, or if, for whatever reason you don’t feel particularly merry, this quiet service is for you.  We will listen to Scriptures that give us hope, enjoy music that feeds our spirits, and remember that Christ meets us right where we are and is present with us even in pain.

Christmas Eve – Services at 5, 7, and 9 pm.  Spend Christmas at Covenant. We begin with a 5pm service for children and their families.  We will light the Advent candles, sing carols with the band, and retell the story with costumed children joining in along the way. Come dressed as your favorite manger character or borrow a costume when you arrive.  The 7pm service is a traditional service with carols, candles, and communion. The 9pm service will be more contemplative with candles and communion as well.

Sunday, December 25:  Christmas day worship will take place at 10 am in the sanctuary, but we will celebrate all morning with coffee and brunch in the fellowship hall from 9-11:15 and prayer stations in the sanctuary before and after the service for those wanting a little extra holy space.

Sunday, January 1:  New Year’s day worship will take place at 10 am in the sanctuary.  If you arrive early or stay late, the fellowship hall and sanctuary will be open from 9-11:15.  Bring your Christmas leftovers to the Covenant Cafe, visit the prayer stations in the sanctuary, or brave the chill and walk the outdoor labyrinth.

The Food Pantry never closes! Donate or volunteer Wednesdays including Thanksgiving week and Christmas week.

Give a Gift of Caring at Christmas time. Check out the wish list page for information on gifts to charities that you can give to honor a friend or loved on.