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The Season of ADVENT is the four weeks before Christmas.  It is traditionally a time for reflection, waiting and preparation for the coming of the Christ child.  At Good Shepherd, some special things to look for which set these four weeks apart are:

  • the lectionary readings that give meaning to this wondrous event - the birth of Christ. 
  • the color blue, which appears in the clergy vestments and decorations of the sanctuary.  
  • special prayers that are read at the lighting of candles in the Advent Wreath, a special custom that has been followed for centuries.  Each of the four candles represents a week of Advent and prepares us for the Messiah. 


CHRISTMAS is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Our Christmas services are held on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. At these services you will notice that colors in the sanctuary have changed to white and gold.  The Holy Family - Jesus, Mary and Joseph - is prominent in this celebration. 

Advent & Christmas

Christmas Services

December 24

4:00 p.m. Family Service

7:00 p.m. Festive Eucharist

11:00 p.m. Solemn Choral Eucharist


December 25

10:00 a.m. Christmas Eucharist Rite II


Advent Compline
December 1

6:00 p.m. Quiet Prayer and Meditation

6:30 p.m. Compline Service

7:00 p.m. Candlelight Labyrinth Walk


To mark the beginning of the Advent season, we will be gathering for a special Advent Compline service. The service of Compline is a contemplation and prayer that is traditional prayed at the close of the day. The church will be open beginning at 6:00 PM for silent prayer, followed by Compline at 6:30 PM and a guided Advent labyrinth Walk at 7:00 p.m.


Advent Quiet Day
Saturday, December 7, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This will be a one-day retreat ministered by Patti C. Dunne, Chaplain/Pastoral Counselor, and Fr. Doug.  We will spend time reflecting on  the themes of Advent and the faithfulness of God in our lives. $10.00 covers the booklet (checks written to Patti C. Dunne).  Bring your own journal and bag lunch.  Beverages will be provided.  Sign up HERE.



New Rector’s Bible Study
The Birth of Jesus According to Matthew and Luke
Wednesdays at 11:00 AM

Advent Expectations:  John the Baptist, Christmas, and the End of the World
The season of Advent is a time of expectation and waiting. Each year, we encounter the same cast of biblical characters, including John the Baptist. Originally, Advent was focused on the second coming of Jesus in power of glory, not his first coming as a human being. The ministry of John the Baptist can help us understand these two dimensions of Advent and how the celebration of Christmas is more than just the adoration of a baby in a creche, but the declaration that Jesus has come and will come again. Begins December 4th


The Longest Night

Thursday, December 19, at 6:00 p.m.


Please join us when we gather as the sun sets on one of the longest nights of the year for a service of evening prayer.  The Longest Night, sometimes known as Blue Christmas, is designed to acknowledge that God's presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle - and that God's Word came to shine light into our darkness.  Everyone, regardless of church background is welcome. 


Traditional Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 22, at the 10:00 worship service, the last Sunday of Advent


Our Sunday School will give the parish a gift this year with their presentation of the story of Jesus' birth. We hope you will come to the 10:00 service to see the retelling of a 2,000-year-old story with shepherds and sheep, a host of angels, and the Holy Family on the road to Bethlehem. 

Christmas flowers and plants will be placed around the altar and sanctuary.  To donate in memory of or in thanksgiving for loved ones, please print and return the form at the link above. After Christmas, the flowers are delivered to those who are hospitalized or homebound. 

2019 Guest Musician Bios


Humberto Bolivar - Violinist.  A native of Venezuela, he has lived in the US since 1997. He studied at Simon Bolivar Conservatory and was a member of their Symphony Orchestra.  In Miami, he attended classes at New World School of the Arts.  He finished his BM in music performance at FIU with Professor Marcia Littley (violin). In South Florida, Humberto has been a member of Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Palm Beach Pops, Palm Beach Opera and South Florida Symphony Orchestra.

Galina Dennison - Violist.  began her viola studies at the age of 7 in Tula, Russia.  After receiving her degree from the Dargomirshsky School of Music she continued her studies at the Moscow Gnesin Institute.  Mrs. Dennison's string quartet was honored to train with the Borodin String Quartet.  This collaboration resulted in performances for her quartet throughout the former Soviet Union. As a principal violist with several chamber orchestras she performed in major concert halls including Moscow, Cologne, Barcelona, Paris and many others.Currently she is a sought after soloist in south Florida and teaches private lessons. 

Christmas

Click the button below for resources and information about living a meaningful Advent season, including making a family Advent wreath, devotionals, and prayers. 

Worship Schedule


December 24 - Christmas Eve

Family Service at 4:00 PM
A family friendly service that will feature traditional Christmas carols, a special Children’s Message, and a musical offering from our Youth Music Ensemble.
 
Festive Eucharist at 7:00 PM
A traditional celebration of the Holy Eucharist featuring our Parish Choir and guest musicians Humberto Bolivar and Galina Dennison.   This service will also include the singing of Silent Night by candlelight.
 
Solemn Choral Eucharist at 11:00 PM
An intimate sung Eucharist that will feature music by our Parish Quartet and guest musicians, Humberto Bolivar and Galina Dennison.  This service will also include the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. Incense will used at this service.


December 25 - Christmas


10:00 a.m. Christmas Eucharist


December 29, The First Sunday after Christmas


8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I


10:00 a.m. Lessons and Carols

Nine short Bible readings interspersed with music, solos and singing of the congregation, tell the story of the coming of Jesus. 

There is no Eucharist at this traditional service that follows Christmas. ​​​

Advent 

Why is blue the liturgical color of Advent?
While purple has been used in many Anglican churches over the centuries, many churches have more recently been switching to blue. One reason for the change is to distinguish Advent from Lent, which are two very different seasons. However, blue also represents hope, expectation, and heaven. It is also the color associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary in art and iconography. Finally, deep blue is the color of the clear, predawn sky, the color that covers the earth in the hours before the sun rises in the east. Thus we use deep blue for Advent to shade the season with a hint of expectation and anticipation of the dawn of Christ.