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Celebrate the Advent season at Faith UMC

Two special music performances plus Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. highlight the calendar for Advent at Faith UMC.

The first musical performance is Sunday, December 17. Our 10:30 a.m. worship service will feature "Sing Joy to All the World," a choral worship service by Lloyd Larson, sung by our Sanctuary Choir.

On December 20 (a Wednesday), the St. Anthony High School Jazz Band and Chamber Choir will perform a Christmas concert at Faith UMC. The concert is at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck dinner at 11:45 a.m. (Both the concert and the potluck dinner are free of charge.) This has become a Christmas tradition at Faith UMC, so plan to attend and hear everything from top-tapping, dancing in the aisles jazz tunes to soul-searching choral works. If possible, bring a dish so that we have enough food to feed the 50 band and choir members who will join us for lunch. There's a sign-up sheet in the Commons for those who can bring food to the potluck dinner.

Wednesday evenings during Advent will feature a dinner at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, followed by an evening prayer service from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The dinner is a great way to meet members and friends of Faith UMC. It's free; a $5 donation is appreciated if you can afford it to cover the cost of the food. The evening prayer service is composed by a local liturgical artist, Marty Haugen.  Rev. Susan Mullin first encountered this service at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. The service begins with the words, "Jesus Christ, you are the light of the world: the light no darkness can overcome. Let your light scatter the darkness and shine within your people here." Children are welcome at this short service with singing, candle-lighting, readings and prayer.

Our Advent celebrations culminate with two services on Christmas Eve on December 24. At 5 p.m. there is a family friendly candlelight worship service; children of all ages are invited to participate in our service of lessons and carols. We will tell the story of the birth of Jesus in word and song, and costumes will be available for all who want to participate. Come early to pick out a costume! At 11 p.m. we will have a traditional candlelight worship service with the Sanctuary Choir. We'll tell the story of the birth of Jesus with a service of lessons and carols.