From the Organist/Choir Master
Festival of Nine Lessons Carols

The season of Advent is traditionally a time of preparation for Christmas, and its observance dates from the sixth century in Gaul. It stretched from St. Martin’s Day (11 November) to Christmas Eve, and was known as “The Lent of St. Martin.”   

The season suggests reflection on God’s kingdom from two standpoints: that of Jewish hopes for renewal—fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ—and that of the mission of the Church in the world today.  The movement of the Lessons and Carols service reflects the journey of faith and the Church’s missionary extension in the world.

The use of scripture, liturgy, music and movement combine to anticipate and portray God’s human manifestation in the Person of Jesus Christ.

The Service begins (as most do) with the clergy and choir at the west end of the Nave—representing darkness . The movement of the service progresses toward light (the Sanctuary at the east end), into which state God in Christ delivers us .


Please join heartily in this service of worship and share in the preparation and joyful expectation of the coming again of Christmas.



KIDS ONLY Gift Making

Saturday, December 14th, 10AM to Noon: Gift Making Noon to 1 PM

Drop your Sunday School-aged kids off at the church so they can make and wrap Christmas crafts for anyone on their Christmas lists. We'll work on our gifts while you take the morning off. Parents, please join us back at the church for lunch at noon.

R.S.V.P. to Sally by December 10th

Christmas Services

Keep these dates on your Calendar.

The Christmas Pageant is at 5:00 PM. Come and watch the Christmas Story and share the Eucharist.

The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be 9:00 PM, with beautiful music and the celebration of our Lord's birth.

Looking for a quieter celebration of Christmas? Join us at 9:00 AM for Christmas Day Service.
Next Rector's Book Club

 Learning To Walk in the Dark
This Sunday, December 15th following the 10:30 Service.

As the days grow shorter and evenings grow darker, how do we find blessings in the Shadows?
This is a great read for these longer nights in the Advent season -
RSVB to Allison

Calvary Families Helping IHN Families

Did you know that in addition to supporting IHN through the hosting ministry, we know have a donation box in Hannaford Hall? There is a comprehensive list of supplies accepted posted on the box. Current pressing needs are 1) new socks and underwear, 2) new or gently used clean bath towels, 3) new or gently used clean blankets
African Team Ministries returns to Hannaford Hall

 Calvary Youth hosts African Team Ministries on December 15 (Sunday) outside of the Youth Room. Find unique gifts and items you'll want to gift to yourself. Sales benefit orphan and refugee relief missions and evangelism in East Africa.

Learn more here
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