Churches around Dallas and the world will offer special services throughout the Advent season.
Many churches hold a service of preparation for Christ's coming, which includes hanging greenery traditionally associated with everlasting life. Greens such as cedar for royalty, fir and pine boughs for everlasting life, holly symbolizing Jesus' death and ivy representing the resurrection are used.
The service is referred to as “The Hanging of the Greens.” It is one of the most festive worship services during Advent at Central Christian Church, as well as many other churches and denominations. Participation of the congregation is an important part of this service.
Sunday morning, Poinsettias filled the altar and windows of Central’s sanctuary. The University of North Texas Jazz Trio comprised of Henry Dickoff, Steven Heffner and Ryan Folger joined Central Music Director, David Aston, Assistant Music Director, Tim Caffee and the Chancel Choir in presenting a beautiful music ministry. Lois Leftwich performed the solo, “Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus.”
The peace candle was lit by members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class.
After the morning worship service, the congregation gathered in Fellowship Hall for “A Taste of Christmas,” enjoying traditional Christmas sweets and goodies.
Beautiful and inspiring Christmas services will continue throughout the Advent season.
On December 17, the third Sunday of Advent, the Chancel Choir will perform the annual Christmas Cantata during morning worship. At 4 p.m., the combined choirs of Central and St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church will join together and perform an Advent Carol Service.
On Christmas Eve, at 6 p.m., Central will host a traditional candlelight service.
Morning worship is at 11 a.m. and Church in the DogPark (an outdoor service with the four-legged member of your family) will be held at 9 a.m. on December 17.
All are welcome at any or all of the Advent services.