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Advent and Christmas at Plymouth Church

Carols & Meditations Service

December 31

Online and In-person

11 a.m.

One of the special Christmas traditions is the annual Carols & Meditations service on the Sunday after Christmas at 11 a.m.  Three speakers from Plymouth’s congregation will give a brief history of a favorite Christmas carol or hymn, which the congregation will sing.  This year’s speakers are David Astin, Ben Stone, and Dana Terres.  The Plymouth Choir will sing Daniel Pinkham’s “Evergreen” and Paul Lohman’s “Balulalow.”

Past Events

Christmas Eve
December 24

5 and 9 p.m.

Our glorious tradition of Christmas Eve at Plymouth Church returns this year as we offer two services: 5 p.m. with our children and youth as worship leaders; 9 p.m. with our esteemed Plymouth Choir and Soloists.

In-person or online at Plymouth.org/worship

5 p.m.

Welcome, Welcome to this House

On Christmas Eve, everyone—from the spider in the rafters, to the shepherd on the hillside, to Mary in the stable—are all preparing for the arrival of someone very special. And this year, you are welcome to join us in this house as well!

Come to a spirited service with music from our children and youth choirs, bell ensemble, and our Chapel Singers; liturgy provided by our young people; and opportunities for those in attendance to be part of the Living Nativity. Whether furred, finned, or feathered, sheepherder or royal, old or young, ALL are welcome to our house on Christmas Eve.

9 p.m.

Service of Lessons & Carols

The prelude for the 9 p.m. service will begin at 8:45.

Every Christmas Eve the Plymouth sanctuary is aglow in candlelight for this traditional Service of Lessons & Carols with the Plymouth Choir, scripture readings, and carols for the congregation. The services closes with all singing “Silent Night” while holding lighted candles.

The Longest Night

A Solstice Service of Remembrance

Thursday, December 21

7 p.m.

As the Advent season unfolds, we are especially mindful that, for many people, there can be intense feelings of loss and sadness. This is especially true for those of us who have experienced the death of a loved one. Whether this loss is new or not, grief tends to rise to the heart’s surface during significant times of year like the holidays. You are in our thoughts and prayers in these days, and we sincerely wish you a deep sense of God’s presence.

We extend to you a special invitation to The Longest Night: A Solstice Service of Remembrance. This service will be in person in Plymouth’s Chapel. We will light candles and remember with love and longing those we are missing this season. The service falls during the darkest days of the Winter Solstice, and this service of worship will honor the darkness of our world and in our spirits, while also welcoming the light of hope and peace through the lengthening of days.

Winter Wanderings

Sara Thomsen concert

Friday, December 15

7 p.m.

Plymouth is pleased to host this concert by Sara Thomsen, who has provided music for several services at the church.

Sara Thomsen and Paula Pedersen’s “Winter Wanderings Concert” is a reflective journey of song through the season of winter. Deep in the dark and the cold—their vocal harmonies will draw you inward to find a spark, kindle hope, and come home.

Simpson Housing Services

Homeless Memorial March & Service

Thursday, December 14

5 p.m.

Making Spirits Bright Community Christmas Festival

Saturday, December 9

3–5 p.m.

Evensong

Wednesdays, December 6, 13, and 20

6:15 p.m.

You are invited to a short yet significant mid-week Advent worship experience called “Evensong.” On Wednesdays in December come to the chapel at 6:15 p.m. for an opportunity to center yourself in the meaning of this holy season through music, quiet, reflections, and candlelight. Knowing how easy it is to become distracted by the responsibilities of Christmas, Advent Evensong allows for some precious moments to reconnect with the Divine and consider the spiritual significance of the waiting and expectation, the touchstones of Advent.

Meditation

Tuesdays, December 5, 12, and 19

9:30 a.m.

Please join clergy and members of the church staff for a time of meditation and prayer. We will begin with a brief centering reflection followed by 20 minutes of silent meditation. We will center ourselves in God’s presence and prepare ourselves for our called work. This opportunity is open to all.

Sundays in Advent

Third Sunday

December 17
9 & 11 a.m.

Fourth Sunday

December 24
11 a.m. only

Sundays in Advent

First Sunday

December 3
9 & 11 a.m.

Second Sunday

December 10
9 & 11 a.m.