East Brentwood Presbyterian Church
joins the Advent Conspiracy
We invite you to do the same.
We all want our Christmas to be a lot of things. Full of joy. Memories. Happiness. Above all, we want it to be about the birth of Jesus. What we don't want is stress. Or debt. Or feeling like we "missed the moment". EBPC has joined the Advent Conspiracy, a movement designed to help us all slow down and experience a Christmas worth remembering. But doing this means doing things a little differently.
It means turning Christmas upside down. The concept behind Advent Conspiracy is simple: Worship Fully, Love All, Spend Less, and Give More. We hope you will join the conspiracy and join us.
Christmas marks the moment where God’s promise was fulfilled and love took form. It is a moment that deserves our full attention and praise. During this season, there are many ways that you can “worship fully” here at EBPC!
Every Sunday @ 10 am we gather for worship. Make Sunday mornings (except for 12/7 – see below) a priority during this festive season.
- 11/30 – First Sunday in Advent • “A Picture of Hope”, John Hilley preaching
- 12/7 – Second Sunday in Advent • “Room for Joy” Meditation
- 12/14 – Third Sunday in Advent • Service of Lessons and Carols
- 12/21– Fourth Sunday in Advent • “Love, Sweet Love”, John Hilley preaching • special music by our Worship Ensemble and Kids’ Christmas Sing-Along
Hanging of the Greens • Nov 30 from 9 - 10 am: Join us to prepare our church for the beginning of Advent including fellowship and light refreshments.
Sunday, Dec 7th • 2nd Sunday in Advent from 10 -10:30 am: Morning Prayer and Communion (Our main service occurs at 5 pm on this day.)
Sunday, Dec 7th • 2nd Sunday in Advent @ 5 pm: Moravian Lovefeast
On this day our main worship service moves from 10 am to 5 pm to celebrate the Lovefeast, a service dedicated to Christian love and is most famously practiced by the Moravians. In its place, a brief time of prayer will be held and communion served at 10:00 am. Our 5:00 pm Lovefeast will be based on the meals of the early churches described in the Bible. A simple meal of sweetened bun and creamed coffee will be served. During the meal, music will be offered by our choir. During the service of song and scripture reading, handmade beeswax candles are distributed. The candles are lit while the worship space is darkened except for a large illuminated Moravian Advent star. For families looking for a shared activity, this is not to be missed. Ride assistance will be provided for those not wishing to drive after dark. Childcare will be provided.
Advent Craft Activity • Dec 7th @ 4 pm: Gather for a craft activity and then stay for our Lovefeast service at 5:00 pm.
Annual Service of Lessons and Carols • Dec 14 @ 10 – 11 am
On Sunday, December 14th the EBPC Choir will present Sing Noel: A Carol Service, arranged by noted choral composer Hal Hopson. The service is structured around familiar carols interspersed with poetry for Advent and Christmas. The congregation is invited to join in the experience of singing well-loved carols with chamber orchestra accompaniment. It is a Sunday not to be missed --- come and bring the whole family!
Christmas Eve Worship • Dec 24 @ 4:30 and 6:00 pm: What could be more special than worshipping together on the very night that heaven and earth became one? Our 4:30 service is designed for families with young children in mind, while the 6:00 service is filled with candlelight and choral music. Both services involve the lighting of candles. Childcare will be provided.
It all boils down to love. Love from a savior. Love to a neighbor in need. By spending a little less on gifts we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who really need help.
Luke 14:12 • Dec 16 @ 11 am: Serve a meal at Room in the Inn. Meet at the church at 11:00 am to carpool.
We all like gifts. Our kids really like gifts. But consider this: America spends an average of $450 billion a year every Christmas. Spending less isn’t a call to stop giving gifts; it’s a call to stop spending money on gifts we won’t remember in less than a year.
God’s gift to the world was a relationship built on love. The most powerful, memorable gift you can give to someone else is yourself. Time is the real gift Christmas offers us and no matter how hard we look, it can’t be found at the mall!