Advent and Christmas 2020

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This Advent and Christmas season is unlike any we have experienced before. Many of us are figuring out new ways to celebrate with smaller gatherings and less travel. While many of our traditions will be altered or on hold this year, we can still prepare our hearts for the arrival of Jesus, who came to set us all free! All are welcome to join us!

Thursday, Dec. 24th, 7 p.m.
Christmas Eve Service is a tradition for many households in Ottawa. Whether you join us in person, or online, we look forward to worshiping together. Due to limited space because of physical distancing measures, we ask that you pre-register to attend our in-person Christmas Eve service, by sending an email with the number of people attending. Or, you can join us online live at 7pm Dec. 24 or anytime after:

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This Advent, we are reading the book Light of the World by Amy-Jill Levine and looking at the historical background for the Christmas story. Here is our theme for each week. Each title will lead to our YouTube channel, so you can catch up on missed services, or enjoy live from home:

Sunday, Nov. 29th, 10 a.m.
Advent 1 – MEMORY, MIRACLES, AND MEANING-MAKING
“A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”

Sunday, Dec. 6th, 10 a.m.
Advent 2 – GOD’S CHILDREN, ANNUNCIATIONS AND EXULTATIONS
“And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.’”

Sunday, Dec. 13th, 10 a.m.
Advent 3 – “LISTEN, SAID THE DONKEY” (Children’s Video Pageant)
“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

Sunday, Dec. 20th, 10 a.m.
Advent 4 – SIGNS, SALVATION AND PROMISES FULFILLED
“he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived”