2021 Advent and Christmas Services

We welcome you all to the 2021 Advent and Christmas seasons at North Park Covenant Church! We are living in a stressful time! How long for the birth of the baby Jesus. We 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!

Advent and Christmas Worship Calendar

Our Sunday morning worship services begin at 10:30 am Central Time. You are welcome to worship with us in person. We are following safe COVID protocols and ask that masks be worn at all times. Additionally, 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 28, Advent I: What a year it has been, and how we need Advent! We hardly know how to describe these last 21 months. We hesitate to reflect on all the mess around us, but we know that nothing seems right, nothing seems like it used to be… nothing. Join us as we worship the God of hope. 

Sunday, December 5, Advent II: Our lists are long, even in these strange days. 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. 

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Tuesday, December 7, 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.

Sunday, December 12, Advent III: 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. 

From 4 to 6 pm, join us for a Live Nativity in our South Garden. Come and experience what it might have been like on that first blessed day. Enjoy some hot cider and caroling. There will also be a craft for the kids to participate in. Bundle up and join us! Admission is free!

Sunday, December 19, Advent IV: Lessons and Carols: 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!  We will hear the story of the coming of the Christ Child in scripture and song. The Chicago Children’s Choir will be our special guests!

Friday, December 24, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 5 pm: We welcome you to join us in the service of celebration, ending with candlelight. The Christ child is here! Let us rejoice. If you wish to participate at home, we encourage you to prepare candles there, so that, as the live service progresses and the lights are dimmed, the light of Christ will shine in your homes and in your hearts.  

Saturday, December 25, Julotta Service, 6:30 am: Julotta, our traditional Swedish Christmas morning service, begins at 6:30 am on Christmas morning. It’s a little crazy, we know. But it’s a good crazy. We invite you to join us for worship, followed by coffee and a continental breakfast (we call it fika in Swedish). Reservations will be required for the breakfast so we can plan ahead and safely seat those who are there. Registration is now open!