Lighting of the 1st Advent candle, the candle of Hope
This family-oriented service is our festive annual kick-off to the season of Advent when we don the church with decorations and through word and song share the religious origins of wreaths, evergreens, poinsettias, the Christmas Tree and even Saint Nicholas. “O Come all ye faithful!” Read more…
Lighting of the 2nd Advent candle, the candle of Peace
Lighting of the 3rd Advent candle, the candle of Joy
It’s the 3rd Sunday of Advent, and this week during worship we welcome early music and chant specialist, Justina Golden, to help illuminate a meditation on the O Antiphons, an ancient Christian Advent singing and prayer practice that prepares us for the coming of Christ. Read more…
Join us in the Sanctuary for a time of prayer, candle lighting and music. Designed to move from darkness to hope, the service opens us to God’s quiet presence. Read more…
Lighting of the 4th Advent candle, the candle of Love
Make new Christmas memories this year at Christmas on the Common. Share in the love, hope, and joy of the Christmas story as the children stage a no-rehearsal Christmas Pageant. To participate, please sign up for one of the many roles available here. Walk on angels, shepherds, and animals are also welcome. Click here for more information about how you can be involved in this wonderful community worship service.
A beautiful and joyful Christmas Eve service for the whole family. This year our pageant will be held outside on December 19th and so our 5 pm family service will look a little different. We’ll still have some children involved in reading the story of the birth of Jesus. We’ll sing carols together, light candles, and have music that the family will enjoy to celebrate Christ’s birth.
Our evening candlelight service will celebrate the birth of the Christ Child through scripture and carols and special music from our Adult and Bell Choirs. We will have a quiet and beautiful time of lighting candles to dispel the darkness and open our hearts to Christ’s arrival.
Epiphany is the day the church celebrates the arrival of the Wise Men at the manger. It is officially 12 days after Christmas – 12 days – sound familiar? The church celebration is not about getting gifts but seeking the Christ Child and bringing the familiar gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. We celebrate with our own version of the long journey the Wise Men took. read more and sign up to join us….
You know the “O Antiphons” from one of the most cherished of Christmas Carols that we sing – O Come, O Come Emmanuel. But do you really know the O Antiphons? It’s a beautiful rich liturgical tradition that reaches deep into Christian history drawing on biblical images of the promised Messiah and using them to pray for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas. Join us in Ripley Chapel on Tuesday evenings at 7pm to learn more and deepen your engagement with this holy season.
Begin your spiritual preparation for the busy Christmas Season by centering yourself. Invite a friend, teenage daughter, sister or mother to join you for this tradition of fellowship, reflection and music. Read more…
Featuring Daniela Tosic and Adriana Ruiz, vocalists. Live Audience & Live Stream
From haunting chants to cheering Baroque duets, from Fauré’s Messe Basse to haunting contemporary carols, Ms. Tosic and Ms. Ruiz are sure to bring warmth, peace, and mystery to a cold winter’s night. Jane Ring Frank and Jeffrey Mead, keyboards. Read more and purchase tickets here…
Join us for a time of prayer, candle lighting and music. Designed to move from darkness to hope, the service opens us to God’s quiet presence. Come in the face of life’s challenges, anxieties, and fears. Come when grief or loss disrupts life. Come to remember those whom we hold dear. Come during the rush of the holidays, or invite a friend or loved one facing difficulties. Read more…
The Outreach Commission sponsors these annual events. Please participate in any or all of the collections as the spirit of the season moves you. Donations should be dropped off at the church.
During the holiday season, our church provides gifts to some of our neighbors. This year we will provide gifts for children and youth at Woburn Council for Social Concerns and YVLifeSet in Arlington. We are also collecting warm socks for the for the men and women who call the Lowell Transitional Living Center home. Read more and sign up to bring a gift
Bakers Wanted! Junior Forum and Forum are asking bakers to donate nut-free cookies, truffles, seasonal muffins and confections for their annual Cookie Walk on Sunday, December 5th. This fundraiser helps support the youth mission trips and service projects.
Please label baked goods with your name and ingredients and drop them off in Chidley Hall before the service on Sunday, Dec 5th. The youth will box assorted goodies to be purchased during hospitality hour after the service for $10/dozen. We hope to create gluten-free boxes for those with food sensitivities too. Contact Maggie Keeler with any questions.
Spread Christmas Joy by delivering a poinsettia to a member of our faith community at home and in a local care center. Plants will be available on Saturday, December 18 in the front of the sanctuary. Deliveries can be made on Sunday or during the first few days of the week.
We are planning another “yarn bombing” this January to provide the houseless with handmade hats, gloves and scarves. You can help! We need knitters and/or crocheters to make adult-size hats, scarves and mittens which we will hang from trees and fences. You can use any pattern you like.
Please lend a hand this holiday season with the Outdoor Church. There are many ways you can make a difference! On January 30, we will receive donated ingredients, make sandwiches and send them with a few church members to Cambridge. You can participate this holiday season by filling up our sock collection bins in the lobby. Place new in package white tube socks for men and women in the bins so the team can distribute them in January.