Christmas Eve at Grace
By Rev. Cindy Marino
We hope you have enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving celebration and are turning your grateful hearts and minds toward the season of Advent. Of course, that leads us to announce that Grace Church will offer a full range of worship opportunities for you on Christmas Eve.
Luminary Drive: Friday, December 17, (Weather date: Sunday, December 19)
The Luminary Drive was created in 2020 when worshiping in the sanctuary wasn’t possible due to the high rate of COVID-19 cases. With over 900 luminaria and displays arranged throughout the Grace Church property, this isn’t meant to be “just another” light display. Combined with the recorded messages, it offers the nativity story in a way that can be experienced and remembered! We welcomed hundreds of people last year and are excited to do so again! We’ll accept donations for the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry along the route, as well as your Christmas offering if you are not able to attend worship on Christmas Eve.
12 noon: Traditional worship with Holy Communion, Christmas carols, and a Christmas message to begin our celebrations. The Grace Bell Ensemble will lead us with the sounds of the season.
3 p.m.: Our children will present the nativity story along with music and a message from Pastor Eric. The creativity of our Children’s Music Ministry captures the simplicity and the poignancy of God’s greatest Gift and we are privileged to see it through their eyes in this time of worship. This year we will include safe, child-friendly “candle-lighting” with the singing of Silent Night.
4:30 p.m.: The Christmas story is told through readings, creative video, and the music of our Grace Praise Team in this innovative worship that will reach both younger and older worshippers alike. Bring the family to experience the story through the eyes of those who were there. We’ll include the lighting of “candles” in a child-friendly way with the singing of Silent Night.
8 p.m.: Our traditional, heart-warming worship that offers the story through readings, familiar Christmas carols with the New Life Singers, the Christmas message, Holy Communion, and candle-lighting. Bring the whole family and create memories that will bring you back to the manger again and again through the coming year.
10 p.m.: We’ll hear the miraculous story through scripture and song. This year our style will be a bit less formal but no less meaningful as the Chancel Choir leads us to worship our King. We invite you to bring your extended families and friends to join us in the beauty of hope fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ, “God With Us." The lighting of candles will send you into the night filled with the peace and love of Christmas.
Sunday, December 26, at 10:30 a.m. only.
We will offer one service at 10:30 a.m. on the Sunday after Christmas, inviting you to continue the celebration as the story goes on!