Advent and Christmas 2022




Sunday, December 4
The Second Sunday of Advent | 10 a.m. Worship


Adult Enrichment with Dr. Catherine Guisan: Europe in Turmoil: Thinking Through War and Peace After the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Sunday, December 4 | Assembly Room | 11:15 a.m.

Catherine Guisan, PhD, is Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota and is the author of two books on the European Union and many articles related to ethics in international relations, democratization, and Transatlantic relations. She has taught and lectured in in French and Dutch universities, in Russian universities as a Fulbright Scholar in 2013, and on behalf of the US State Department Speaker’s Bureau in 2016. Currently, she is working on a book on peacemaking practices that changed Europe since WWII, and their potential relevance to the current war between Russia and Ukraine.


Sunday, December 11
The Third Sunday of Advent | 10 a.m. Worship

Children’s Christmas Pageant | East Wing | 11:15 a.m.
Join us for a unique retelling of the nativity story! Meet us outside the Children’s Library to begin your guided tour through the stories of Jesus’ birth. Our tour will conclude with an invitation to join Phil and Lynda Jorgenson for caroling.


Christmas Carol Sing-Along | Assembly Room | 11:15 a.m.
Lynda and Phil Jorgensen will lead us in singing carols. Linda Smith, accompanist.


Sunday, December 18
The Fourth Sunday of Advent | 10 a.m. Worship

Choir School Christmas Concert and 40th Anniversary Celebration | Sanctuary and Kirk Parlour | 11:15 a.m.
Join us for the annual Choir School Christmas Concert:  Sing Choirs of Angels. Following the program, all are invited to the Kirk Parlour for a light lunch reception honoring the 40th Anniversary of the Choir School. Sofia Ardalan, conductor, and Tim Short, accompanist.

  Friday, December 23
Traditional Christmas Tableaux | Sanctuary | 7:30 p.m.

A House of Hope tradition for over 100 years, this is the Christmas story as told through Scriptures, through lovely carols and anthems, and in the adaptation in tableaux or “living pictures” of well-known paintings and familiar scenes of the nativity. Childcare available for ages 6 and under.


Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve

4 p.m. Intergenerational Candlelight Service
7 and 9:30 p.m. Carillon Recitals by David W. Johnson, Carillonneur
7:30 and 10 p.m. Candlelight Services with The Motet Choir and Orchestra

Special Music (10 p.m. only):
J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Part 3
The Motet Choir returns to J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, first performed in 1734. The choir and orchestra will perform Part 3 of the work, which is a cantata for the third day of Christmas. In this cantata, we see the shepherd coming to find Mary, Joseph, and the newborn Jesus. Having come to the manger, they joyously depart for their fields, praising God.

Both later Candlelight Services include Christmas Anthems
Childcare available at the 4 and 7:30 p.m. services.


Sunday, December 25

Christmas Day Worship | Sanctuary | 10 a.m.




Christmas and New Year Holiday Office Schedule

  • Monday, December 26:  Office and Building Closed
  • Tuesday, December 27: Office and Building Closed
  • Monday, January 2: Office and Building Closed