Advent and Christmas
Dear Trinity Community:
Advent is a season of both quiet reflection and joyful expectation. It is a time of spiritual preparation, as we watch and wait for the coming of the Kingdom of God. Through our experience of sacred Word, music, and service to others, the story of the coming of Christ gradually unfolds and deepens our understanding of God’s message of love and redemption. May our Advent journey propel us toward the true joy of Christmas. Our Advent theme this year will focus on four very poignant readings from the Old Testament proclaiming “Jesus Comes”—to give us God’s righteousness, to bring judgment but also grace, to defeat our enemies and bring us joy, and to tenderly lead and guide us.
Christmas Service ScheduleChristmas Eve and Christmas Day
Christmas Eve Worship with Children, Youth, and Families
4pm | Mission Campus
4pm and 6pm | Shawnee Campus
Jesus, the Light of the World, arrived on that wonderful Christmas night. The light of a special star appeared over his birth place in Bethlehem. The radiance of God’s glory surrounded the shepherds as the angel of the Lord announced his birth. Jesus came to save us from sin and darkness, and he continues to shine his light upon this world until he returns as promised. These special worship services offer special music and family-friendly elements woven within our worship, communion (Shawnee campus), and candles.
Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols
6pm | Mission Campus
This annual celebration on Christmas Eve is designed for people who are looking for a traditional Lessons and Carols service. The service combines scripture and music to tell the story of the expectation and birth of Christ. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short scripture readings from Genesis, Isaiah, and the gospels. Christmas carols will include Joy to the World, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night, Go Tell It on the Mountain, and more. The Trinity Choir and Festival Brass lead this joyful Christmas Eve service. No sermon will be given.
Christmas Eve by Candlelight with Communion
9:30pm | Mission Campus
This traditional late evening service on Christmas Eve begins with a 20-minute prelude of special music and congregational carols. Music will include pieces by J.S Bach, Johannes Brahms, Morten Lauridsen, and carol arrangements by Sir David Willcocks. A sermon, candles, and Holy Communion are included.