“Hanging of the Green”—First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 2 | 9 a.m. | Sanctuary
the opening of the Advent season
For years, the Hanging of the Green service has been a staple in the worship life of the church signaling the beginning of the Advent season. This year’s service will feature something new: the actual decorating of the Sanctuary will take place as a part of the service. As each symbol is explained, the decorations will be put up during a song. Come be a part of this interactive service, and hear again the background behind the symbols of the Christmas season that we all hold so dear. The Hanging of the Green will also feature music provided by the Chapel Choir and the Voices in Bronze Handbells.
“My Lord Has Come”—Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 9 | 9 a.m. | Sanctuary
presented by the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra
A twenty-one piece orchestra will join our Sanctuary Choir and you, the congregation, to raise a glorious sound of our noels and hallelujahs to the Lord. You won’t want to miss this meaningful Sunday as the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra present new arrangements and songs composed especially for the Advent season, along with many of the beloved traditional Christmas carols.
“A Christmas Tapestry”—A Children’s Choirs’ Christmas
Sunday, December 9 | 5 p.m. | Heritage Hall
presented by the Cherub Choir, Music Makers, and Young Musicians
The Cherub Choir (K4 and K5), the Music Makers (grades 1-3), and the Young Musicians (grades 4-6) will present their Christmas concert in Heritage Hall. The kids have worked hard this fall to put this program together, and each choir will sing several songs on their own that they have prepared especially for the Christmas season.
“How Great Our Joy”
Wednesday, December 12 | 6 p.m. | Hudson Hall
presented by the Mellow Brook Singers
The Mellow Brook Singers will present their Christmas concert in Hudson Hall. The Mellow Brook Singers, our 55+ choir, will present the same program they have been sharing with the community as they travel to nearby nursing homes to minister through their songs and presence. Dinner will be served at the regular price ($6 adults/$3 kids/$18 maximum). Come and enjoy great music, good food, fine fellowship, and a lovely atmosphere.
“Glorious: A Telling of the Christmas Story”—Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 16 | 11 a.m. | Heritage Hall
presented by the MBBC Worship Band, Chapel Choir, and other guests
The worshio band and members of the congregation will present a telling of the Christmas story from early prophecies through the birth narrative through Scripture and music presented by special guest musicians. This has been a warmly inviting service that people of all ages enjoy attending. Bring a friend to experience the “glorious” wonder of the Advent season.
Annual Presentation of the Living Nativity
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday | December 20, 21, & 22 | 6:45, 7:30, & 8:15 p.m.
Don’t miss the 55th anniversary of the Living Nativity, presented by the students and children of our church! Each evening will feature three shows, along with cookies and hot chocolate to share with our guests in our community. If you’d like to participate in one of the shows, simply come up to the Student Ministry Area to find a costume and join the heavenly host. If you can provide cookies for our hospitality tent, contact Sharon Howard (email@example.com).
Combined Worship—Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 23 | 10:30 a.m. | Sanctuary (preceded by Sunday Morning Bible Study at 9:15 a.m.)
Churchwide Christmas Brunch to follow in Heritage Hall
We’ll have a Combined Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary as we continue to prepare our hearts to welcome the Christ child. Immediately following the service, join us for a time of fellowship at our Christmas Brunch. Delicious treats will await you in Heritage Hall hosted by your church staff.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Services
Monday, December 24 | 4 or 6 p.m. | Sanctuary
We invite you to come and hear the good news of Jesus Christ, which we celebrate with the remembrance of His birth during this special Christmas Eve service complete with beautiful décor, lovely music, and candlelight ambiance. This year, we will again offer two service times to allow for more participation by friends, family, and our community. Choose your hour and come with your family and make this time of worship a centerpiece of your family Christmas tradition.
Combined Worship - Sunday after Christmas
Sunday, December 30 | 10:30 a.m. | Sanctuary (preceded by Sunday Morning Bible Study at 9:15 a.m.)