Peace and joy.  A star and a manger.  You're invited to join us as we gather together to experience the real gift of Christmas - the unconditional love God gave the world all those years ago.

Christmas Eve Schedule:

10:00am - Contemporary Worship

Christmas music, a brief message from our pastor, and a children's program with costumes.  To add a little fun, this will also be "Ugly Christmas Sweater" day.

6:00pm - Candlelight Service

Traditional Christmas carols, a message from our pastor, communion, and lighting of the candles.

11:00pm - Come & Go Communion

Informal and introspective, with candlelight and taize music.

(An unstaffed cry room will be available at all three services)

advent schedule

The season of Advent, which comes comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit," begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. [Liturgical -- from liturgy, which means the forms and functions of public worship.]

During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.

Christmas Eve is only a part of the Advent celebration.  We have many other events and special worship

services programmed during this season.  Several of them are listed below. 

  • hanging of the greens

    Sunday, December 3, 10AM

    A Christian tradition, using evergreens to decorate the church as another outward demonstration of our anticipation of a savior.  We include greenery traditionally associated with everlasting life. Greens such as cedar for royalty, fir and pine boughs for everlasting life, holly symbolizing Jesus' death and ivy representing the resurrection are used.  As part of the service, we also hang chrismons on the tree.

  • advent candle lighting

    Sundays, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24

    The Advent wreath is shaped in a perfect circle to symbolize the eternity of God, and symbolizes the coming of Christ.  During each Sunday of the Advent season, we focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. The Christ candle is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day reminding Christians that Jesus is the light of the world. The wreath continually reminds us of whom we are called to be as followers of Jesus. At Foundation, our custom is to enlist a family to provide an applicable reading, followed by lighting the candle.

  • lessons & carols

    Sunday, December 10, 10AM

    The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century.  In this service, we listen to nine Scripture lessons which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News.  Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson's message and a brief prayer.