Advent 2021

The Highlights and Advent card cover art is entitled Nativity (2005, acrylic on canvas), by Indonesian artist Wisnu Sasongko. Wisnu’s work complements our Advent/Christmas theme of “The Humanity of God,” as the scene depicts the infant Jesus at the center of a flourishing community, surrounded by people, animals, and plants. Just as Wisnu’s work is concerned to show “how Christian people apply love and ceremony to transform this culture,” our congregation also dreams of being the animating center of a thriving neighborhood, where transformative programs of worship, musical arts, missions, and outreach touch people’s hearts and change their lives.

Wisnu Sasongko (Indonesian, 1975–)
Nativity, 2005
Acrylic on canvas
48 × 34 in.

 Hanging of the Green

Sunday, November 28 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Poinsettias, wreaths, garland, candles, and the Chrismon tree will be placed in the Sanctuary in preparation for the Advent season. The singing of carols and a wonderful holiday reception make this experience a cherished tradition.

Advent Pause Concerts

Noonday Concerts, Tuesdays of Advent

These noonday instrumental concerts will be offered in the quiet and reverence of FBCA’s sanctuary.
They will be a time for calm and beautiful music during this sacred season.

November 30
Joshua Messick
Hammered Dulcimer

December 7
Tate Addis

December 14
Tim Owings

December 21
Hannah Sorrells Tyler

Advent Music & Worship

November 28
First Sunday of Advent
John 21:25-36
“The Lesson of the Fig Tree”

December 5
Second Sunday of Advent
Luke 3:1-6
“The Word of God Came to John”

December 12
Third Sunday of Advent
Zephaniah 3:14-20
“Tending Toward Home”

December 19
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Luke 1:46b-55
“The Divine Reversal”
Adult Choir & Brass Quintet

December 26
First Sunday of Christmastide
Luke 2:41-52
“Treasuring the Search for Wisdom”


Folk Advent Service
December 8 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Our Folk Advent Service has become a beloved tradition of celebrating the simpler days through folk music, storytelling, and Scripture. This year, we welcome Phil & Gaye Johnson, an acoustic Americana duo offering a unique blend of traditional and contemporary Folk, Bluegrass, and Country music.

Awakening Light
An Orchestral Evensong for Advent
Featuring FBCA Chamber Orchestra and Tate Addis, Organist
Sunday, December 12th @ 7:00 p.m.

This concert of Christmas classics, orchestral carols, and an exhilarating work for organ and strings will be a highlight of the Advent season. Classics will include the beautiful “Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel, Bach’s “Wachet Auf,” Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto,” and “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the movie, The Mission.

Six orchestral settings of carols will be offered including “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “The Bell Carol,” “Wexford Carol,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The centerpiece will be Margaret Sandresky’s exciting “Dialogue for Organ and Strings.” These sounds of hope, peace, joy, and love will celebrate the dawning of Awakening Light in our hearts and for our world.

The Sights and Sounds of Advent
December 15 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Join us to see nativity displays in the Sanctuary windows and hear the cello ensemble. We will dismiss with candles while singing a carol and invite you to join us outside for hot chocolate and sticky buns.

“Christmas Cantata”
The Joyful Masterpiece by American Composer, Daniel Pinkham
Music by FBCA Adult Choir and Brass Quintet
Sunday Morning Worship, December 19th @ 11:00 a.m.

The Sunday morning before Christmas will be celebrated with the sounds of choir and brass presenting Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata.” The congregation will join to sing beloved carols “Joy to the World,” “Angels for the Realms of Glory,” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” accompanied by brass and handbells. Scripture, prayer, and sermon will join with music to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.

Family Christmas Eve Service
December 24 @ 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Families are invited to join us for this family-friendly worship service. This service for children and families will usher in the wonder of Christmas through interactive storytelling, carols, and candles.
No childcare will be offered as we invite infants, preschoolers, and children to participate in this service.

Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion
December 24 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

John 1:1-14 “The Humanity of God”

The traditions of the Christmas season are celebrated through communion, carols, and candlelight.