Children's Christmas Candlelight Service

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Photograph by Chris Newlin, Eclectic Productions

The Children’s Christmas Candlelight worship service at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 21, in the Sanctuary.

People of all ages are encouraged to attend this service led by the Children’s Chors as children read and enact the Christmas story and everyone sings carols and lights individual candles.

“The service is a wonderful opportunity for children to practice being worship leaders,” said Ellen Edwards, Director of Children’s Ministries. The children serve as ushers, greet worshippers, and distribute bulletins and candles. The young readers make the announcements, pray the offering prayer, and tell the Nativity story. From the altar candles, Acolytes pass the light into the congregation while worshipers sing “Silent Night.”

 

“Every role is highly valued, and children learn that they have gifts to offer in the worshiping community,” said Edwards. “Because this service is so reverent and beautiful, the congregation always includes many people without children of their own.”

Even the youngest are welcome to the service though childcare also is provided in the Jones Building across the plaza from the Sanctuary.

A dvd recording of this service will be made available for purchase. 

Service of the Longest Night

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Where:  Chapel

Homilist: Rev. Dr. Matt Russell

A quiet, thoughtful service for those for whom Christmas this year will be more subdued, bleak, sad, or lonely.  This pretty service includes music, a homily and lighting of memory candles for persons or situation that are missed this year.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services

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All in Sanctuary with the lighting of candles.

Noon - Holy Communion

4 p.m. - Christmas Lessons and Carols

6 p.m. Christmas Lessons and Carols

8 p.m. Holy Communion

10 p.m. Bi-lingual Spanish/Engilsh - All are invited to gather on the Plaza and join the Las Posadas procession into the Sanctuary. Traditional refreshments will be on the Plaza prior to the service.

To help ensure available parking for our many visitors to these services, members are encouraged to park in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, parking garage. Enter the garage on Binz, across form St. Paul's larger parking lot. Thanks to the museum for making this additional space possible.

 

New Year's Eve Communion

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The Midweek Service of Holy Communion that normally meets in the Chapel on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. will meet on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, January 31. Rev. Dr. Matt Russell will be the homilist.

This service will not be held December 24 due to the Christmas Eve Communion Service in the Sanctuary at that time.

Labyrinth Workshop - "Forming Community"

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Meet Rev. Dr. Kay Mutert of Veriditas and learn about the first Facilitator Training to be held on the Gulf Coast.  Meet others in the Houston area with an interest in the Labyrinth.

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