We welcome you all to the 2020 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!
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. Stream the worship service for Advent 1
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. Stream the worship service for Advent 2.
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. Meditate along with an audio version of the Blue Christmas service
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. Stream the Lessons and Carols service for Advent 3.
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! Stream the worship service for Advent 4.
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. Stream the Christmas Eve Candle Light service.
Friday, December 25: Julotta Service, 6:30 am: Julotta, our traditional Swedish Christmas morning service, will be held virtually this year at 6:30am on Christmas morning. It’s a little crazy, we know. But it’s a good crazy. We invite y’all to wake up early with a cup of coffee (if you have wee ones, they’ll be up anyway), gather a tasty treat or two, and settle in to worship on this most blessed of days. If you signed up to receive a Julotta goody bag from church, it will be delivered between the hours of 9 and 11 am on Christmas Eve Day. Stream the Julotta worship service.
Live Nativity 2020
It was a bit hard to tell who was who with everyone bundled and masked in the South Garden, but it was not hard to feel the warmth of a community gathered and the beauty of a living portrait of God’s love for us. Praise God for being humble enough to enter our spaces, to love what we love, and bring redemption in tangible ways!
Advent liturgy verbiage taken from umcdiscipleship.org.