Advent Special Services
How do you prepare for the season of light?
Here are the special services coming up. Take a look and see how the different activities help prepare us for the season.
Contemplative Service (Taizé)
Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18, 6:15 pm
Advent is a time of preparation. What better way to prepare for the great news of Jesus’ birth than with a contemplative service. Here at Asbury First, one of the ways we come together as a church to observe Advent is through our weekly Contemplative Service of Worship. We invite you to join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm to experience worship through meditative hymns, silence, and Holy Communion. In previous years, we have called this our Taizé Service.
"During two penitential times of the church year, this service (with its silence interspersed with song) allows me time to personally meditate during the quiet moments. Regular worship services don’t allow this kind of quiet and contemplative atmosphere to exist very much. So while it’s personally enriching for me, this is also the exact reason why I think it’s worthwhile for Asbury First to continue to offer these contemplative services. They allow for a respite of quiet time during an otherwise noisy and tumultuous day/life."
— Duane Prill, Organist
Unfortunately, our Labrynth is currently closed due to ongoing renovations. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Longest Night Service
Saturday, December 21, 2 pm
This reflective moment of worship is a sacred space for those who may feel a special pain or hardship—whether from the loss of a loved one, loneliness around the holidays, and more. Please join us on Saturday, December 21 at 2 pm fro this unique and meaningful service.
"Our Longest Night service recognizes that not everyone experiences the holidays as a season of joy. Held on the longest night of the year, this service brings together those who have experienced loss, who are lonely, or who just need a moment of reflection in this busy season. We face the night together, acknowledge our own mortality, and look for that light which shines in the darkness that no darkness can overcome. After the longest night, each day brings a little more light."
— Rev. Kathy Thiel, Minister for Pastoral Care