December 24th 2023 – Christmas Eve

2023-12-24 “Morning Prayer Service with Advent & Christmas Songs” 11 AM
2023-12-24 “Service of Lessons and Carols” 7:30 PM

Dear Friends,

ON CHRISTMAS EVE we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light and Redeemer of the world.  As we light the Christ candle, we celebrate the mystery of the incarnation, Emmanuel, “God with us.”  

May we lift up our hearts and join the church throughout the ages, “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.” (1 Timothy 3: 16)

Puritan theologian Richard Sibbes (1577-1635) writes about this verse:  “We cannot too often meditate on these things.  It is the life and soul of a Christian.  It is the marrow of the gospel.  It is the wonder of wonders.  We need not wonder at anything after this.  All the articles of our faith and all miracles yield to this grand thing: God manifest in the flesh.” 

We invite you to join us in adoration as we worship together this Christmas Eve!

OUR MORNING SERVICE begins this Sunday at 11:00 am, led by Rev. Dr. Roland de Vries.  We realize that everyone is very busy on Christmas Eve and having two services, that we hope everyone can attend, only adds to the pressure.  Therefore, our morning service will stray somewhat from the regular format, it will be a shortened service consisting of morning prayers, together with Advent and Christmas songs.   Please note there will not be a coffee hour following our morning service. 

OUR CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE will be held at 7:30 pm, also led by the Rev. Dr. Roland de Vries.  This will be a service of Lessons and Carols with a brief meditation.  Everyone is invited downstairs to the church hall after the service for mulled cider or juice and a variety of Christmas treats.