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The Season of Advent marks the beginning of the new church year and the time of preparation for Christmas. Liturgically it is our opportunity to hold at bay at least some of the cultural Christmas frenzy that can be so consuming — and one of the ways we do that is with Advent Evening services offering time and space for the grace of reflection and refreshment with beautiful music and words of hope, joy and encouragement.

Join us during Advent for one or more of our Advent Evening services. You’ll be glad you did!

First Sunday of Advent Evening Service, Potluck and Wreath Making
Sunday, November  29, 5 p.m. in the Church
Minisingers, Mastersingers and Troubadours offer music of Larson and Crunk, directed by Jenny Tisi. Laura Thornton offers a meditation. A potluck supper and Advent Wreath Making follow in Sweetland Hall.

Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 6, 5:00 p.m. in the Church
In the warm ambience of the candlelit church, Coventry Choir offers motets, carols and canticles of intense, mystical beauty. A meditation by Ed Bacon focuses on the meaning of the coming of the Christ in a contemporary context. The choir, directed by James Walker, will perform music of Palestrina, Ireland, Mendelssohn, Montoya, Busto and Howells. Child care provided.

Third Sunday of Advent Evening Service
Sunday, December 13, 5 p.m. in the Church
Trouvères, Youth Chamber Choir and Vox cambiata with handbells and piano offer music of Helvey, Englert, Shepperd, Stokes and Norris. Jeremy Langill offers a meditation. Child care provided.

Advent Evensong
Sunday, December 20, 5 p.m. in the Church
Canterbury Choir with brass and percussion ensemble offer Gloria by John Rutter. Susan Russell offers a meditation; Ed Bacon presides. This special evensong service is a wonderful way to close the Advent season and prepare for the glory of Christmas. Child care provided.