Christmas Eve at Middle Church

December 18, 2017

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

If you can’t be with us on Christmas Eve, watch the live webcast at 7:00 and 9:00 pm on 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

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

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.”

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