For Christians, the weeks leading up to December 25 are not simply a time of waiting for Christmas Day to arrive. The season of Advent is a holy season in itself, a time of expectation and longing. In these days of continued uncertainty and anxiousness, we are truly longing for God to usher in a new creation as we hope for healing, wellbeing and redemption. As we count down the weeks of Advent, let’s make our shared faith the heart of these extraordinary days.
We hope that you will join us in the church’s seasonal offerings of reaching out to our neighbors, coming together in person or virtually to listen, contemplate, reenact, and sing the story of miracles and of the kingdom of God that Advent awaits.
Children's Christmas Eve Service
Christmas Eve Service
Our Sunday worship services during the Christmas season will be held in the Sanctuary on Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Jan. 2 at 10:00 a.m.
Christmas Concert & Recitals
Advent Tuesday Noon Recitals. Tues., Dec. 21, 12:00 p.m., Sanctuary. Join us during the season of Advent for the return of our Tuesday concert series! These concerts may be attended either in person (masks and social distancing required) or via livestream. Our final concert is Dec. 21, and we welcome Jeffrey Brillhart and Edward Landin Senn who will present an organ duet program.
Joy Abounds - Singing City at the Holidays. Sun., Dec. 12, 3:00 p.m., Sanctuary. BMPC hosts Singing City in its return to live performances with a jazzinfused concert to ring in the holidays. The choir is joined by Pat Bianchi, one of the finest jazz organists in America, and his trio. The concert features works by Adolphus Hailstork, André Thomas, Roland Carter, Jacob Narverud, Rosephanye Powell, Brian Mann, G.F. Handel, Kim André Arnesen, and more. Tickets are available through Singing City’s online box office: https://bit.ly/joy-abounds-concert. Church members may enter BMPC as the promo code to receive a $5 discount on tickets.
Additional Opportunities to Contemplate the Season
Advent Story Path Labyrinth. Walking a labyrinth during Advent provides a meaningful way to journey to Bethlehem. Beginning on Mon., Nov. 29, the small labyrinth is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Chapel.* An Advent Labyrinth Journey booklet will be provided to accompany you throughout the season.
* Memorial services may be held in the Chapel occasionally; signs will be posted alerting that the labyrinth would be closed during the service. Memorial services are listed on the church calendar.
Longest Night Service
Tues., Dec. 21, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary and Livestreamed
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.
Youth, Children & Families Advent Worship
Prerecorded Children's Christmas Eve Service. Led by the children of our congregation, this simple worship service tells the story of Christmas through familiar scripture, actors, and carols. View the video.
Caring & Sharing
BMPC Hunger Fund — No Turkey Collection. Due to COVID-19 considerations, the BMPC Hunger Committee is not collecting turkeys this holiday season; instead we ask that you contribute to the BMPC Hunger Fund. These funds will be used to help those in need during the holidays as well as throughout the year. BMPC Hunger Ministries have continued supporting local food pantries during the pandemic, thanks to the generosity of our members. We know the need to support the food insecure in Greater Philadelphia will continue for months and years to come. Please give today via our online giving page or mail a check to BMPC, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, with Hunger Fund written on the memo line of your check.
Give to the Christmas Joy Offering. This special offering on Sundays, Dec. 12 and 19 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.