Make Room for God as Advent Begins

Life will get busier as we prepare for Christmas. Here are some ways that you can intentionally make sacred space in the coming days:

Include a daily Bible reading as part of your daily routine.

Sign up for the daily emails and weekly texts during Advent here.

Read the book, “Songs for the Waiting: Devotions Inspired by the Hymns of Advent”, that connects with our worship series. Purchase through our Amazon Shop.

A Family Advent Devotional 

Florida Wind Band

Dec. 10 – 6 p.m.

Featuring holiday music favorites narrated by Colleen Schmitt!

Matthew McCutchen, Artistic Director

Heather Lundahl, Guest Conductor

Brian Panetta, Guest Conductor

Hyde Park Location Sanctuary 

 

Lessons and Carols

Sunday, Dec. 11— 9:30 and 11 Worship Services

Join the Contemporary Band at 9:30 and our vocal and handbell choirs at 11 for Lessons and Carols as we share Songs for the Waiting, Songs of the Season, and read scripture that tells of God’s promise in the coming of the Christ Child.  Music and scripture will provide the message of hope for our world.

 

Family Christmas Service

Dec. 18 – 5:30 p.m. (Activities start at 5 p.m.)

Experience the Nativity with an immersive, retelling of the Christmas story.

The stage will be set with live animals and carolers, ready for you, the audience, to complete the cast of characters.

After the story has been told, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate as you craft and create through the Nativity Marketplace and visit with the live animals.

 

 

Blue Christmas

Dec. 21 – 7 p.m.

This is supposed to be a joyful time of year, but… for some of us, the holidays are hard.

Know that You are not alone.

Come to a different kind of experience, one of comfort and hope. Experience contemplative music, a time for reflection and prayer, spoken words of hope and candles of remembrance lit during the service. 

Hyde Park Location Chapel

 

Christmas at Water Works Park

Dec. 23 – 6:30 p.m.

Experience the magic and wonder of Christmas in Water Works Park.  We’ll share the Christmas story and celebrate the season with song.  Enjoy an evening of joy and hope under the night’s sky and against the dazzling Tampa Riverwalk.

 

Bring your pets, lawn chairs and blankets.

Christmas Eve

Dec. 24

12 p.m. On Demand On-line Service on YouTube or Facebook

3:30 and 5 p.m. Harnish Center Service led by contemporary band featuring carols of the season and a candle lighting.

4 and 5:30 p.m. Sanctuary Service with the Chancel Choir and Brass featuring a candle lighting. 

4 p.m. Hosted On-line Service at HydeParkUMC.org/Live

5 p.m. Hosted On-line Service at HydeParkUMC.org/Live

11 p.m. Sanctuary Service with the Chancel Choir and Communion featuring carols and a candle lighting around the fountain, taking the light of Jesus to the world.

Christmas Day

Dec. 25

10 a.m. Sanctuary Service 

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