Advent is one of the most meaningful times of Christian worship throughout the year. We celebrate the coming of Christ with Christmas pageants, cantatas, creative worship, Advent teas, wreath-making workshops, additional worship services, and so much more. This means that Advent is also one of the busiest times of the year for church leaders, especially those who coordinate worship.
Again this year the Synod is offering a virtual worship service to thank preachers, musicians, tech leaders, and others who have worked so hard in December. It is designed for use on New Year’s Eve morning, 12/31/23. This service, led by people throughout the Synod and including a reflection by Synod Exec Chip Hardwick, will be a meaningful opportunity to worship while providing a Sabbath to worship leaders. The New Year’s Eve service will be available for download or streaming via YouTube by 12/20/23.
In the past, congregations have joined together to watch the service in the sanctuary as well as encouraging those traveling or preferring a service at home to tune in. Last year’s service was viewed more than 1500 times; we hope that your congregation and members will take advantage of this offering this year as well.
PS Many thanks to all of you who let the Synod know whether a 12/24 or 12/31 service would be more helpful. The vote was close, but the New Year’s Eve morning service received more votes.