Advent and Christmas Eve 2013

What is Advent? 

This year's Advent services reflect upon The Christmas Letter - Advent Views from New Testament Letters

First Sunday of Advent - A Long Night
December 1

9:15 and 11 a.m.
The Chancel Choir, Baroque Chamber Orchestra and soloists present Vaughan Williams' The First Nowell as a musical service of worship. This first in a series of wonderful musical offerings this month, The First Nowell will truly get you into the spirit of the season. Includes the lighting of the first candle for Advent. See video clip on PC Morristown Facebook page.

Listen to Handel's Messiah, performed as last year's musical service. Go to the Media Center, click on the Worship or Performance tabs and find 12-02-2012.

Second Sunday of Advent - A Reason for Hope
December 8

9:15 and 11 a.m.
A Communion service led by Rev. Dr. David Smazik with the lighting of the 2nd Advent candle and music by the Men's Chorus and Chancel Ringers.

Third Sunday of Advent - Preparing for an Arrival
December 15

9:15 and 11 a.m.
A service with Baptism led by Rev. Dr. David Smazik with the lighting of the 3rd Advent candle and music provided by tenor Jayson Greenberg and the Recorder Consort.

Fourth Sunday of Advent - A Promise Kept
December 22
10 a.m.
Rev. Dr. David Smazik preaches. The Christmas Joy Offering is dedicated. The fourth Advent candle is lit. Music provided by Cantus, ROGS, Cantate Omnes and the Chancel Choir.

Wednesday Noon Chapel service: December 4, 11, 18

Other events, programs and musical offerings during Advent. Advent brochure.


Wednesday, December 25
11 a.m. Communion service in the Chapel
Led by Rev. Dr. David Lawrence with
music provided by Matt Webb.


Sunday, December 29
10 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
 led by Rev. Dr. David Lawrence.

Christmas Eve Services

4:00 p.m.  The children’s choirs lead an informal, interactive candlelight service presenting the Christmas Story, ideal for children, families and the young at heart. Directed by Julie Ramseyer and Alexandra Mead

7:00 p.m.  Rev. Dr. David Smazik leads a candlelight service of Nine Lessons and Carols with readings that present the Christmas story from Genesis through Luke.  Carols, choral and instrumental music is provided by the Ringers-on-the-Green (ROGS), Chancel ChoirCantate Omnes, Cantus and a brass quartet. Pre-service music is provided by the Ringers-on-the-Green and organist Ryan Kennedy. Music directed by Matt Webb.

11:00 p.m. This service follows the same format as the 7 p.m. serivce with two added features. The former Ringers-on-the-Green join the ROGS for the prelude, and the service closes at midnight with the traditional ringing in of Christmas Day by the ROGS. Music directed by Matt Webb.