Not a Silent Night
Through Christmas Eve
When we think about Christmas, and particularly the nativity scene, we have an over-idealized image of what it looks like. We think everything was quiet and calm with kings waiting with gifts and shepherds kneeling with care. We don't often think about Jesus crying as he was born, and the birth, not home among friends, but in a strange land where there was no more room in the inn. That first Christmas had joy, yes, but it was mixed with pain, sorrow, and uncertainty. God didn't promise Mary an easy life — she had to one day watch her son die, and hope as she hears the stories of his resurrection. All of the future was bound up in that Christmas through the eyes of this mother. It is time we see Jesus through her eyes, too.
Christmas Eve Worship Schedule
Saturday, December 20
5:30 p.m. (for those who are traveling on Christmas Eve, Sanctuary)
Wednesday, December 24
4:00 p.m. (children-focused, Sanctuary)
5:00 & 7:00 p.m., The Well (contemporary, Smith Worship Center)
6:00, 8:00, & 11:00 p.m. (traditional, Sanctuary)
4:00 p.m. service: childcare is offered for children 2 and under
5:00 & 6:00 p.m. services: childcare is offered for children 5 and under
Weekend After Christmas Worship Schedule
Saturday, December 27
Saturday Night Alive Worship ~ 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 28
No Sunday School
Nursery is available for children 2 and under
Two Worship Services
The Well Contemporary Worship ~ 10:30 a.m., Smith Worship Center
Traditional Sanctuary Worship ~ 10:30 a.m. Children may bring a small (quiet) toy for a blessing of the toys at this service.
“Where Grace Abounds”
Rev. Robert Hasley
The question is whether we will hold tight to God and to our confidence that we are his, the sheep of his pasture. Faith is no guarantee of an easy or worry-free life; God has made us no such promise. But it is faith for which we have been made, a people created in God’s image. We are showered with God’s amazing grace through a manger in Bethlehem. Through this incredible gift we are to know God and enjoy him forever.
5:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Christmas Eve Travelers' Service
Come join us if you are traveling on Christmas Eve. The Saturday evening service features traditional Christ-centered, biblically-based sermons, along with a relaxed atmosphere and casual dress. You will experience a variety of worship music from various ensembles, soloists, and instrumentalists. Saturday night is truly alive at St. Andrew!
8:00 a.m., Festival Hall
Jump start your day with the Early Service. Relevant, Bible-centered worship blends traditional and contemporary elements. Communion is served every Sunday. Let your spirit be renewed in this intimate and spiritual gathering.
11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
This progressive-traditional worship experience is designed for people of all ages and in all stages of their faith journeys. Powerful music from the Chancel Choir, music ensembles and inspirational, engaging sermons combine to give glory to God and witness to our hope in Jesus Christ.
“Full of Grace”
Rev. Arthur Jones
The main character of the Christmas story before Jesus is his mother, Mary. God chose her to be his own mother Why? What makes her special? And what can we learn from her life?
9:09 & 10:39 a.m., Smith Worship Center
The Well is a contemporary worship experience at St. Andrew. We are a family-friendly, alternative sounding, visually engaging community seeking to live like Jesus. The Well is a community of people worshiping the same God, but in a new way. Click here for more information.
“Mary, Full of Grace”
Dr. Scott Engle
What happens to young Mary is so familiar to us that we can be blind to the deep fear and uncertainty that must have threatened to drown her. Yet, she responds to Gabriel with peace and confidence in God and God’s way forward. In what ways could we be more like Mary? How would we begin such a transformation?
9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary
This is a Christ-centered worship experience built on a foundation of engaging biblical teaching. The Chancel Choir and other ensembles lead the powerful worship music.