Download the "Christ Will Come Again" 2014 Advent Devotional Booklet (pdf), compiled by Westbury UMC members along with artwork, prayers, scripture readings, and reflections on Christmas carols throughout the season.
Calendar of Worship and Musical Events
December 7 at 10:45 am | On Sunday, December 7, we will begin the countdown to Christmas in worship with the Sanctuary Choir performing excerpts from the Mark Hayes’ cantata Candles and Carols, a candlelight Advent journey that celebrates the traditional themes of hope, peace, joy and love. The selections for choir, organ and congregation will include favorite carols such as “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” and “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.”
December 14 at 10:45 am | In worship on Sunday, December 14, the Young Adult Choir and orchestra will lead us in worship, singing excerpts from Gloria in D by Antonio Vivaldi. The Gloria is a setting of the hymn of praise that is based on the angels’ song as recorded in Luke 2.
December 14 at 5 pm | That afternoon, at 5 pm in Humphrey Hall, the children and youth will present an adaptation of Dave Brubeck’s La Fiesta de la Posada. Las posadas is a Latin American custom depicting Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging on the eve of Christ’s birth. The celebration nearly always includes festive music, rich food and a dramatic retelling of the Christmas story involving the whole community. The children and youth of Westbury UMC will perform this “pageant” complete with costumes, staging, Mariachi music, piñatas and a fajita dinner. The whole congregation is invited to join in the celebration by bringing holiday desserts. Read more here.
December 21 at 10:45 am and 4 pm | On Sunday, December 21, we have the great honor of welcoming again the Houston Ebony Opera Guild both in worship and again in concert at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. This year, the Chorus will be performing portions of Handel’s Messiah, Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saints-Saëns and Ballad for the Brown King by Margaret Bonds. The concert will feature area soloists and orchestra. Admission is free and a reception will follow in Humphrey Hall.
December 24 at 5 and 8 pm | We will have two Christmas Eve services this year at 5 pm and 8 pm, in the Sanctuary. Both services will feature familiar carols and scripture readings in a traditional lessons and carols format. The 5 pm service will include jazz music by the worship band and will be especially planned with young children in mind. For the 8 pm service, we are inviting all those who wish to sing in a community chorus to provide some special music for the service. The music will all be easy, familiar carols and will only require willing participants to come 30 minutes early in order to rehearse. Participants will still be able to sit with their families for much of the service and only come forward to sing at the appropriate time.
Posted on Sun, November 16, 2014
by Kelsey Johnson filed under