Season of Advent
For us as Christians, the weeks leading up to December 25 are not simply a specified number of shopping days. This is a holy season in itself, a season of expectation and longing. As we count down the weeks of Advent, let’s make our shared faith the heart of these extraordinary days. Join us in reaching out to our neighbors, coming together to listen, contemplate, reenact, and sing the story of miracles. Let’s dream together, in our learning and in our celebrating, of the kingdom of God that Advent awaits.
Christmas Concerts & Recitals
Advent Harpsichord Series. Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. December 4: Kaishu Zhao; December 11: Joyce Lindorff; December 18: Qiao Chu. Free admission. Temple University harpsichord students along with their professor, Joyce Lindorff, perform a series on our William Dowd French double harpsichord.
Christmas Concert: “O Wondrous Mystery.” Sunday, December 16, 4:00 p.m. Free-will offering; 25% will go to support the Welcome Church’s ecumenically-sponsored program “The Well” which provides a place where homeless women may sleep and share meals together in a safe environment. All of BMPC’s choirs and The Brandywine Brass present a concert centered on the “O Magnum Mysterium” text. Designed around the four major themes of the Magnificat – mystery, animals at the manger, Virgin Mary, and Jesus Christ – we will present works by Jennifer Higdon, Melissa Dunphy, Morten Lauridsen, Kenneth Jennings, Benjamin Britten, and more.
Longest Night Service. Thurs., Dec. 20, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary. While many of us bask in the holiday spirit of good cheer, the season of Christmas can be a difficult time for others. This service offers comforting and hopeful scripture readings, the singing of carols, a brief meditation by the Rev. Dr. Agnes Norfleet, and an extended time of prayer to lift to God our yearnings for healing and wholeness for ourselves and the world. Join us, and invite someone for whom you think this service might be meaningful, as we place our concerns for ourselves, those we love, and the world in the hands of our compassionate God.
Christmas Eve Services
- 4:30 p.m., Sanctuary: Family Service with Nativity Tableau (Infant and toddler childcare available without reservations in the Ed. Bldg.)
- 8:30 p.m., Sanctuary: Candlelight Service with Communion and Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Agnes Norfleet (Childcare available without reservations in the Ed. Bldg.) Prelude begins at 8:00 p.m.
- 11:00 p.m., Sanctuary: Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols with Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Agnes Norfleet. Prelude begins at 10:40 p.m.
Caring & Sharing
Give Gifts from our Advent Gift Market. Make contributions to some of our amazing mission partners in honor of a loved one. Our shopping list includes local, national, and global concerns with which our church has ongoing relationships; donations are available in a wide range of prices starting at $1.00. Shop online.
Sponsor a Child or Teen. Share the spirit of Christmas with children of theVillage by adopting a family or sponsoring a child (5 - 8 gifts per child). Sign up online or in the Ministries Center Court and bring gifts to collection bins in the Ministries Center and Education Building through Sun., Dec. 9.
Give to the Christmas Joy Offering. This special offering on Sun., Dec. 23 is an opportunity to give generously to those who devoted their lives to the mission of our denomination when they retire or face challenging life circumstances. The Christmas Joy offering also promotes the educational programs of ethnic schools and colleges. Envelopes are in the pews; learn more here.
Advent Adult Education
The Politics of Advent. Sundays, Dec. 2-16, 11:15 a.m., Witherspoon Parlor. Jesus of Nazareth was born into a very particular political moment as first-century Palestinian Jews were navigating the oversight of the Roman Empire as well as the leadership of the Herodian Kings of Judah. Dr. Joshua Yoder leads us in exploring how the early church understood its relationship with the world.
Youth Christmas Party. Sun., Dec. 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Gymnasium. Join us for a joyful night of food, fellowship and fun. Register: Amy Bauer
Christmas Eve Youth Alumni Reception. Sun., Dec. 24, 9:30 p.m., Witherspoon Parlor. Worship on Christmas Eve is made even more special by seeing those who grew up at BMPC and are now back home for the holidays. We welcome back all former youth to join old friends after the 8:30 p.m. and before the 11:00 p.m. service. All are encouraged to attend!