Advent Calendar at Middle

November 30, 2017

Join Middle for a festive Advent season—with lively worship, concerts, and more. Check out the full calendar below. If you can’t be with us in person, watch the live webcast of all worship celebrations on the homepage of middlechurch.org or on our Facebook page!

Advent Schedule of Events:

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT | CHRISTMAS EVE – Sunday, December 24
Unwrap Love: Christmas Eve Sunday Morning Worship at 9:30 am and 11:45 am
“When You Believe” Sermon & Dance (Isaiah 9.2–7; Luke 2.1–20)
Special Music | Lighting the Candle of Joy
Broadway’s Branch Woodman and Lincoln Center alum Tami Petty, sing “When You Believe” (The Prince of Egypt, music by Stephen Schwartz) to a dance by Mark Dendy. Dendy has choreographed for Lincoln Center and Broadway. The Middle Church Choir will offer classical Christmas music. The 11:45 AM worship will be livestreamed on middlechurch.org.

Advent BIBLE in the Middle (Adult Education) at 10:50–11:40 am
“From Ashes to Garlands, from Mourning to Gladness, from Faint Spirits to Shouts of Praise” A study of the Book of Isaiah.
Sermon Talkback for Advent at 1:15–2:30 pm
A series of sermon talkbacks after the 11:45 worship celebration.

***EVENING WORSHIP**
If you can’t be with us on Christmas Eve, watch the live webcast at 7:00 and 9:00 pm on middlechurch.org or on our Facebook page!

A Brassy, Classy Christmas Eve
December 24 at 7:00 pm; Prelude 6:45 pm
Middle Church Choir | The Manhattan Brass | Jacqui Lewis, homily
The Middle Church Choir sings music from The Ballad of the Brown King with text by Langston Hughes and music by Margaret Bonds for this classical and jazz Christmas Eve worship that ends in candlelight. The Manhattan Brass offers a prelude at 6:45 PM with arrangements by Zack Smith. Jacqui Lewis will share a homily. This worship will be livestreamed on middlechurch.org.

Sing Joy! A Gospel Christmas Eve
December 24 at 9:00 pm
Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir | Jacqui Lewis, homily
Featuring a mixture of gospel, blues, and spirituals including “Mary, Did You Know?” “Rise Up, Shepherd,” and “Go Tell It,” the evening ends in “Silent Night” by candlelight. The Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir has sung at Carnegie Hall and won Best Float Performance in the NYC Pride March. Director John Del Cueto composes gospel music with a new world flavor. Award-winning composer and pianist Dionne McClain-Freeney accompanies the choir and directs the band. Jacqui Lewis will share the homily. This worship will be livestreamed at middlechurch.org.

A Gospel Midnight Christmas Candlelight Worship
December 24 at 11:00 pm
Music from Dionne McClain-Freeney | Jacqui Lewis, homily
Dionne McClain-Freeney, BMI composer in residence, will lead gospel music and Jacqui Lewis will offer a homily.

The Church Office will be closed December 26–27.


NEW YEAR'S EVE – Sunday, December 31
Celebration! Sunday Morning Worship at 9:30 am and 11:45 am
Michael Piazza, preacher| Special Music | Carol Sing

A Wondrous, Jazzy New Year's Eve
December 31, 6:00pm
Music from Dionne McClain-Freeney | Michael Piazza, preacher

Dionne McClain-Freeney, BMI composer in residence, ushers in 2018 with her arrangements of Stevie Wonder classics like “Love's in Need of Love Today,” “If It's Magic,” and “Higher Ground.”


PAST EVENTS

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT - Sunday, December 3
Celebration! Sunday Morning Worship at 9:30 am and 11:45 am
“Waiting for the Very Good News” - Lisa Sharon Harper, preacher (Genesis 1:26-31)
Middle Church Choir | Communion | Lighting the Advent Candle of Hope

Advent BIBLE in the Middle (Adult Education) at 10:50–11:40 am
“From Ashes to Garlands, from Mourning to Gladness, from Faint Spirits to Shouts of Praise” A study of the Book of Isaiah.

Sermon Talkback for Advent at 1:15–2:30 pm
A series of sermon talkbacks after the 11:45 worship celebration. This week, guest preacher Lisa Sharon Harper shares thoughts on Advent and justice.

Holiday Readings and Play at 2:30–4:30 pm
Middle Players & Writers cordially invite you to our holiday readings and original play. Enjoy the creative fruits of our writing and acting classes, with some holiday spice! Readings 2:30 pm; Play 3:30 pm.



SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – Sunday, December 10

Celebration! Sunday Morning Worship at 9:30 am and 11:45 am
“One Day, When the Glory Comes” - Jacqui Lewis, preacher (Isaiah 40.1–11)
Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir | Lighting the Candle of Peace

Advent BIBLE in the Middle (Adult Education) at 10:50–11:40 am
“From Ashes to Garlands, from Mourning to Gladness, from Faint Spirits to Shouts of Praise” A study of the Book of Isaiah.
Advent New Member Orientation - Part 1 at 10:50–11:40 am
Whether you worship at 9:30 or 11:45, you can join Jacqui and Rob for a special two-part New Member Orientation between the two Sunday morning worship celebrations.
Winter Coat and Sock Drive at 10:45–11:30 am, 1:00–1:30 pm
Bring new or dry-cleaned coats and new socks. To volunteer to sort donations, please contact Rob at rstephens@middlechurch.org.

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – Gift to Bring Sunday, December 17
Celebration! Sunday Morning Worship at 9:30 am and 11:45 am

“The Flesh Became Word” - Jacqui Lewis, preacher (John 1.1–8)
In-the-Middle Choir | Village Chorus for Children and Youth | Lighting the Candle of Love | Christmas Pageant

Advent BIBLE in the Middle (Adult Education) at 10:50–11:40 am
“From Ashes to Garlands, from Mourning to Gladness, from Faint Spirits to Shouts of Praise” A study of the Book of Isaiah.

Advent New Member Orientation - Part 2 at 10:50–11:40 am
Join Jacqui and Rob for Part 2 of a special New Member Orientation between the two Sunday morning worship celebrations.

Sermon Talkback for Advent at 1:15–2:30 pm
A series of sermon talkbacks after the 11:45 worship celebration.

A MOSAIC CHRISTMAS at 2:30 pm
Join Matthew Johnson Harris and friends for a musical afternoon to benefit the Muslim Community Network. $20 donation. 

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