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Advent and Christmas Briefs

December 6, 2017

St. Jude to host Blue Christmas service of remembrance Dec. 9

A Blue Christmas observance will take place at St. Jude The Apostle Church at noon, Saturday, Dec. 9. One of the more contemporary traditions of the season, the service will include hymns, a scripture reading and a psalm, and a reflection to help those who mourn the loss of a loved one who will no longer be present for Christmas. As names of the deceased are read, a family member or friend will light a candle of remembrance. 

The ritual will express the Christian faith that those who have died as believers will share the joy and peace of eternal life. However, all people of any religious background or those with no faith tradition at all are also welcome. Participants are asked to arrive prior to starting time so they can submit names of loved ones.

St. Jude is located on Route 1 just north of the Five Points intersection. For more information, call 302-644-7300 or email office@stjudelewes.org.

Advent Lessons and Carols service at St. Peter's set Dec. 10

A service of Lessons and Carols for the Advent season will be held at  5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Second and Market streets, Lewes. 

“The service is structured around the great Advent Antiphons, first sung in churches during the Middle Ages, that provide a rich source of devotional imagery during this time before Christmas,” said T.J. Thomas, St. Peter's minister of music. "The readings drawn from Hebrew Scriptures and music serve to complement the Antiphons, as we wait in joyful expectation of the coming of Jesus. The Antiphons are gathered together in the final hymn, 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.'"

A voluntary offering will benefit the St. Cecilia Guild, a music program based at the church that augments St. Peter's tradition of fine Anglican choral music. For more information, go to www.stpeterslewes.org/music/st-cecilia-guild. For more information about the service, contact T.J. Thomas, tthomas@stpeterslewes.org, or 302-645-8479.

Bethel UMC announces Advent and Christmas schedule

Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 W. Fourth St., Lewes will hold worship services at 8, 9:15 and 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 10. A children’s musical is set at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, in Fellowship Hall. Christmas Cantata services will be held at 8 and 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, and contemporary worship will be at 9:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Worship will be at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 24, in Fellowship Hall. Christmas Eve services Sunday, Dec. 24, at Bethel UMC will be candlelight communion at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary; candlelight Christmas pageant at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall; candlelight youth service at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary; and candlelight communion at 11 p.m. in the sanctuary. For more information, call 302-645-9426 or email office@bethellewes.org.

Advent organ recitals set at All Saints’ Dec. 14, 21

All Saints' Episcopal Church continues its Meditation in Music - Advent Organ Recital Series. Jackson Borges, organist and parish director of music for All Saints' Church and St. George's Chapel will play from 12:15 to 1p.m.,Thursdays, Dec. 14 and 21, following the Healing Service at All Saints' Church. Featured will be works of the great masters, as well as seasonal works based on Advent hymns and chants. All Saints' Episcopal Church is at 18 Olive Ave. in Rehoboth Beach. There is no charge for admission, though a freewill offering will be collected to support the music ministry of the parish. For more information, call 302-227-7202.
 
Christmas services set Dec. 17, 24 at Calvary Baptist

Calvary Baptist Church will hold the AWANA Kids Christmas program at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 24. The Christmas Eve candlelight service is set for 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 24. The church is at 22860 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown. For more information, call 302-856-3773.

Long Neck to host Longest Night Service of support Dec. 21

The Longest Night Service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21, at Long Neck United Methodist Church, 32051 Long Neck Road, Long Neck. The Christmas and Advent seasons are known for their expressions of joy, excitement and happiness. It is a time for family and friends to gather and for churches to worship, pointing to the hope that is found in the coming of the Christ child. But, this time of expectation can be overshadowed by the pain many people experience during this season, when suffering and loss, hurt and absence bring a feeling of disconnect from the rest of the festive world. Congregants will gather on the longest night of the year to support one another through song, the lighting of the Advent wreath, the word of God, communion and prayer. All are welcome to support each other and be supported this evening.

Christmas Eve candlelight service set at Groome UMC

Groome United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 24. The story of the birth of Jesus will be shared in a beautiful service of lessons and carols. The community is invited to attend. The church is at 701 Savannah Road, Lewes.