We welcome you all to the Advent and Christmas seasons at North Park Covenant Church! This has been a most unusual year, to say the least, but we want to invite you to join us as we prepare for the birth of the Christ Child; the light of the world, the babe who comes to bring hope, peace, joy, and love to a dark world. Below you will find a list of our many Advent and Christmas events and worship services. We would be thrilled to have you join us!
You are invited to extend your Christmas greetings to the members and friends of North Park Covenant Church by donating the amount of your choice, which will go toward camping scholarships! Please fill out the form found here and submit your payment (either online, selecting “Camping Fund” from the drop-down menu, or via a check made out to North Park Covenant Church with “Camping Fund” in the memo line) no later than Thursday, December 10, and your name will appear in the bulletin on Sunday, December 13.
Join Us for a Live Nativity!
On Sunday, December 20, from 4 to 5:30 pm, we’ll have a live nativity set up in the south garden. Come enjoy a cup of hot cider while you visit the Holy Family and take a peek at some live animals.
Advent and Christmas Worship Calendar
Our virtual Sunday morning worship services begin at 10:30 am Central Time. All services are available for livestream at live.npcovenant.org, and the bulletins and lectionary passages can be found here. All other service days and times are noted below. We welcome you to join us as we await expectantly the coming of Christ!
Sunday, November 29: Advent 1: If ever there were a year we needed Advent, this is the year. We hardly know how to describe the year we have lived through. We hesitate to reflect on all the mess around us in 2020. All we know is that nothing seems right, nothing seems like it used to be… nothing. Join us as we worship the God of hope.
Sunday, December 6: Advent 2: Our lists are long, even in this strange mess where we live these days. And we want to do it right, we want to be safe, but we want to be able to enjoy the season. We’ve got work to do to put right what has gone wrong, to heal what is broken, to mend the relationships, and to prepare for the company that will come. Join us as we worship the God of peace.
Thursday, December 10: Blue Christmas Service, 7 pm: We recognize that the holidays are not an easy or joyful time for everyone, and this year may be more difficult for more people than is typical. Often the grief and pain we carry is felt more keenly in these moments of celebration. Our Blue Christmas service is a communion service that invites each of us to bring all of our pain and grief to the stable as we marvel that God is Immanuel, God with us. If you are feeling a heavy weight during this season, come and worship with us. If you are willing to come and stand alongside those whose burden is heavy, come and worship with us. (Due to the virtual nature of this service, those who wish to participate in communion will need to have the elements available to them where they are.) We will share the Zoom link for this service as the date draws closer.
Sunday, December 13: Advent 3 – Lessons & Carols: We want everything to look nice: the decorations of the season, our homes with their lights and tinsel, wreaths and ribbons. We want to lighten the darkness around us, bring beauty to the ugliness that wears us down. We decorate because it’s tradition. Because it lifts our hearts. Because it makes us feel like children again. We deck our halls because company is coming. Join us as we worship the God of joy. We will hear the story of the coming of the Christ Child in scripture and song.
Sunday, December 20: Advent 4: We live on the brink every day. We stand on the threshold between this world and the next one. We live and move between the ordinary and divine, between the mundane and the mystery. Too often, we forget to look up and see the angels in our living room. We forget that the love we give and live is a sign of eternity, God with us, right now. We forget that company is coming. Join us to worship the God of Love!
Thursday, December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 5 pm: We welcome you to prepare candles in your homes, so that, as this virtual service progresses and the lights are dimmed, the light of Christ will shine in your homes and in your hearts.
Friday, December 25: Julotta Service, 6:30 am: Julotta, our traditional Swedish Christmas morning service, will be held virtually this year, but we still want everyone who plans to worship with us to have the comforts of our traditional post-Julotta fika. To that end, we will be providing to each household a goody bag containing many of the foods we would typically enjoy together in the parlors. To have a Julotta goody bag prepared for you prior to Christmas Eve, please fill out this form by Sunday, December 13. We will be delivering these goody bags between the hours of 9 and 11 am on Christmas Eve.
Advent liturgy verbiage taken from umcdiscipleship.org.