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Special/Holiday Services

Throughout the year, Asbury First offers special services in addition to our regular Sunday worship schedule to celebrate sacred seasons like Advent and Lent.  Our events calendar lists the exact dates and times of the events for each season.  Below, however, please find a listing of the typical Advent and Lenten services (including Christmas Eve and Holy Week) and events.

Advent & Christmas Services

Labyrinth - Wednesdays in Advent, 5-7 pm

Walking the labyrinth is a time for reflection, hope, and peace, a time to slow down to receive the message God has for you.

Taizé - Wednesdays in Advent, 6:15 pm

This contemplative service is a short pause in your day that offers an opportunity for reflection, rest, and the beauty of silence and peaceful music.

Advent’s Winter Wonder Night (for children and families) - early December, 5-7 pm

Come join us for dinner, fellowship, and storytelling as we take in the warmth of our beautiful chancel.

A Service of Remembrance - December 11, 2 pm

A candlelight meditative service of word, music, and communion, with the lighting of the remembrance candles.

Christmas Eve - December 24Christmas altar

12 noon - Service of Carols and Holy Communion

Organ, harp, and voice.

4 pm - Service for Families and Children

Choral and handbell music and a pageant.

7 pm - Service of Word, Candlelight, Lessons & Carols

Choral, handbell, and instrumental music.

9 pm - Service of Word, Candlelight, and Holy Communion

Instrumental and vocal music with Communion.

11 pm - Service of Word, Candlelight, Lessons, & Carols

Choral, handbell, and instrumental music.

Christmas Day, December 25

10 am - A service of Lessons and Carols

New Year’s Eve, December 31

5-6 pm - Communion and Meditation Service

Come and go as you wish (The labyrinth is also available at this time)

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Ash Wednesday, 6 am and 7 pm

We begin the holy season of Lent with services that remind us of our humanity and our reliance on the gift of God’s love. Holy Communion will be available at the evening service, and participants may, if they wish, receive ashes in the form of a cross on their forehead. The morning service will be fairly short, for those who wish to start their day with a Lenten meditation before work.

Taizé, Every Wednesday in Lent at 6 pm

A contemplative service featuring music, Holy word, and silence.

Labyrinth, Every Wednesday in Lent. 5-7 pm

An ancient practice, walking the labyrinth helps you to center yourself and re-connect with the divine in your life. Labyrinth stewards are on hand to answer your questions.


Maundy Thursday 

        Silent Meditation, 6:30 pm, Sanctuary open for silent meditation. Living tableaus of scenes from the life of Christ will be presented on the altar during this time.

Tenebrae Service, 7:30 pmCandlelight re-enactment of Christ’s last night & Communion service.

Good Friday

Informal Holy Communion, 6 am, In company with the Men's Prayer Group, all are invited to receive Holy Communion.

Envisioning the Passion, 12 noon, Holy Week-themed art with music by Voices, Rochester's professional chamber choir.

Family Prayer Night, 6-7:30 pm, A come-when-you-wish child-friendly event.

Easter Sunday

Sunrise Service, 6:30 am

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 South Goodman Street, 14620
Asbury First co-hosts this sunrise service, held at the Divinity School, with other area churches.

Traditional Services
8:30 and 11 am
With festive music. Children will remain in the sanctuary for the full service at 11 am

Chancel Communion service (a brief service with no sermon)
10 am