Category Archives: Worship Services

This Sunday

All are welcome this Sunday, December 17, the Third Sunday of Advent.

The Rev. John E. Shields will preach.

  • Holy Eucharist at 7:45, 9:00 and 11:15  a.m. in the nave
  • A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at 5:00 p.m. in the nave. All are welcome to attend a reception in the Colhoun Room following the service.

Breakfast by the Men’s Ministry will be served between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. in Colhoun B and C.

St. Paul’s clergy will present “A Very Special Advent: Sacred Storytelling in Christmas Movies” at 10:15 a.m. on December 17 in Colhoun A.

Child care for infants and toddlers is available from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in rooms off the first-floor Preschool hallway, accessible through the Goodheart Entrance. Children’s Chapel is offered during the 9:00 a.m. service for children three years old and older.

Visit an online liturgical calendar listing the readings for Sundays and major Holy Days from the Revised Common Lectionary. Read Fred Horton’s commentaries on the diocesan web site.

Advent and Christmas

Download a printable Advent and Christmas services flyer.

Unless otherwise noted, all child care is for infants through four-year-olds and will be offered on the first-floor Preschool hallway. Children’s Chapel will be offered during all 9:00 a.m. Sunday services during Advent.

Third Sunday of Advent, December 17

  • Holy Eucharist 7:45, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.
  • A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 5:00 p.m.
  • Child care will be available during the 9:00 and 11:15 services and during A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
  • Breakfast will be served by the Men’s Ministry from 8:00 to 9:30 in Colhoun B.

Rector’s Forum: A Very Special Advent: Sacred Storytelling in Christmas Movies, part 2, will be presented by clergy at 10:15 a.m. in Colhoun A. The class will view and discuss A Charlie Brown Christmas.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be offered at 5:00 p.m., featuring the premiere of a commissioned carol. All are welcome to a reception in Colhoun A following the service.

Wednesday, December 20

  • St. Thomas Day Service 5:30 p.m. in the chapel

St. Paul’s will offer a special service of Holy Eucharist, St. Thomas Day: A Service of Light and Hope. The Christmas holidays may bring joy, but for many people, the season draws out doubt, depression and loss. The day we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, the doubter, is a good time to remember that we are not alone and to draw together toward the light of Christ. All are welcome to join us for worship and a time to meditate on God’s love even while we might feel disconnected from the season’s holiday cheer.

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve, December 24

Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m. in the chapel

Children’s Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist 3:00 p.m.
Child care for infants and toddlers will be available beginning at 2:30 p.m. Children who wish to participate in the pageant should arrive early to dress in costume.

White Gifts. St. Paul’s families traditionally bring gifts wrapped in white paper to the Christmas Eve afternoon service. The gifts will be given to the residents of the Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, a residential facility for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Festival Holy Eucharist 5:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m. Preludes begin at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m. Child care will be available during the 5:00 service for infants through four-year-olds, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25

Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m.

No child care will be provided. Children are welcome to attend the service with their families.

The First Sunday After Christmas, December 31
Holy Eucharist 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.
Child care will be available during the 10:00 service.

The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord, January 7

  • Holy Eucharist 8:00 a.m.
  • Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m.
  • Feast of Lights 5:00 p.m.

Children’s Ministries’ Bethlehem Village 4:00 p.m. Children and families will travel back through time to Bethlehem Village to learn about Epiphany.

Feast of Lights 5:00 p.m. This annual pageant depicts the Magi’s visit to the Christ child and the spreading of his light throughout the world.

Child care will be available and Children’s Chapel will be offered during the 10:00 a.m. service. There will be no formation classes. Child care during the Feast of Lights service opens at 4:30 p.m.

Noonday Prayers on Facebook Live During Advent

St. Paul’s will offer Noonday Prayer services Monday through Friday throughout Advent, December 4 through 22. The services, which typically last five or six minutes, will be held in the chapel and live-streamed on the church’s Facebook group page so that all may pray together in person, by phone, tablet or computer. Each day’s liturgy will be posted so those who miss the noon live-stream can pray at their convenience.

If you have a Facebook account and are following the page posts as a member of the church’s group, the posts should appear in your feed at noon on weekdays throughout Advent. Recordings of the live posts will remain on the page and can be seen by logging into your account and accessing the page.

All are welcome to attend the services in person as well.

An Order of Service for Noonday is found in the Daily Office section of The Book of Common Prayer on pages 103 to 107.

More information about An Order of Service for Noonday is posted on the web site for The Episcopal Church.

St. Thomas Day Service

On Wednesday, December 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel, St. Paul’s will offer a special service of Holy Eucharist, St. Thomas Day:
A Service of Light and Hope. 

The Christmas holidays may bring joy, but for many people, the season draws out doubt, depression and loss.  The day we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, the doubter, is a good time to remember that we are not alone and to draw together toward the light of Christ.

All are welcome to join us for worship and a time to meditate on God’s love even while we might feel disconnected from the season’s holiday cheer.