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.

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

HarpsichordHarpsichord Recitals. Tuesdays, December 3, 10 and 17, noon, Sanctuary. Featuring harpsichord students of Temple University and their instructor Joyce Lindorff performing 30-minute recitals on BMPC’s William Dowd harpsichord. Free-will offering; 50 percent of proceeds to benefit theVillage. The mission of theVillage is to promote the healing of the spirits of children, families and communities broken by trauma including violence, neglect, addiction, poverty, mental illness, racism and other serious societal problems.

Christmas Concert: Magnificat. Sunday, December 8, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary. Celebrate the Christmas season with all of BMPC’s choirs accompanied by the Brandywine Brass. The concert will feature works by Anton Bruckner, Paul Halley, Gerald Finzi, Franz Biebl, Elizabeth Poston, William Dawson and more, in addition to congregational carol singing. Free-will offering; 50 percent of proceeds to benefit Prevention Point Philadelphia. Prevention Point Philadelphia is a private nonprofit organization addressing the opioid crisis by providing harm reduction services to Philadelphia and the surrounding area.

 


 

Additional Opportunities to Contemplate the Season

Evenings of Quiet Prayer. Wednesdays, Dec. 4 & 11, 6:30 p.m., Middleton Center, Room 202. Join us for prayer, readings, contemplative music, and a time for sharing.

Labyrinth Walk. Following the service on this longest night, we move from darkness to light. Outside the main sanctuary doors on the front lawn, our rope labyrinth will mark your journey (weather permitting). A labyrinth offers a sacred, nonjudgmental place to pray, meditate and breathe. Walking a labyrinth engages the entire body in releasing the noise of everyday life and allows the possibility to receive the Light to refresh the soul. We invite you to walk or to simply take in the light. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advent Story Path Labyrinth - Offered in the Chapel during the month of December leading up to Christmas. Chapel open for walkers Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.*

* Occasionally, services may be held in the Chapel – signs will be posted alerting that the labyrinth would be closed during the service. Services listed on Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church calendar page.

 


 

Longest Night Service
Wed., Dec. 18, 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. Brian Ballard, 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 Service at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian ChurchChristmas Eve Services

4:30 p.m., Sanctuary: Family Service with Nativity Tableau (Infant and toddler childcare available without reservations in the Ministries Center.)

8:30 p.m., Sanctuary: Candlelight Service with Communion and Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Agnes Norfleet (Childcare available without reservations in the Ministries Center.) 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 10:30 p.m.

 


 

Classes for Adults

The Prophets in Advent
Sundays, December 1, 8 and 15, 11:15 a.m., Chapel

The Season of Advent is one of expectation, both our celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ as well as our hope in the future coming of Christ to earth again. Our hopes and our vision for that future coming are shaped by the language and imagery of the Old Testament prophets who envisioned a future of peace, restoration and a fulfillment of God’s plans for humanity. Spend these three weeks of Advent with Dr. Tim Horner claiming the prophets call for justice then and now. In his work at Villanova, Dr. Horner teaches courses on social justice, with a particular focus on genocide. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 

Fellowship Gatherings

Attend our Advent Workshop. Sun., Dec. 1, 11:00 a.m., Gymnasium. A festive event with hands-on fun and fellowship for all ages. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prime Time Advent Party (for age 50+). Sun., Dec. 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Merion Tribute House (directions will be mailed). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Wee Christmas. Tues., Dec. 19, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary. Designed for children ages 2 - 5 years and their families, this special retelling of the Christmas Story allows our youngest members to hear and participate in the story of Jesus’ birth. Helpers are welcome! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christmas Eve Youth Alumni Reception. Tues., 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!

 


 

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 or view the catalog.

Sponsor a Child or Teen. Share the spirit of Christmas with children of Gemma Services (formerly known as 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 through Sun., Dec. 8.

Casserole BlitzFeed the Hungry at a Casserole Blitz. Sat., Dec. 14, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., Main Kitchen. A family-friendly event to make nutritious casseroles for delivery to Philadelphia area food cupboards and homeless shelters.

Christmas Flower Donations. Contributions may be given in three categories for listings in the Christmas Eve bulletin: “In memory of,” “In honor of,” or “In celebration of (marriage, retirement, birth, baptism).” Forms are available in the Ministries Center, in the back of the Sanctuary, or online. Monies received are used year-round for our floral decorations and Deacons’ flower ministry. Deadline: Sun., Nov. 24.

Give to the Christmas Joy Offering. This special offering on Sundays, Dec. 15 and 22 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.

Donate Frozen Turkeys and Hams. In November bring frozen turkeys and hams to the freezers in the Ministries Center so that the Hunger Committee can donate them to families in need in our area during the holiday season. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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