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–)
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.
Hannah Sorrells Tyler
Advent Music & Worship
First Sunday of Advent
“The Lesson of the Fig Tree”
Second Sunday of Advent
“The Word of God Came to John”
Third Sunday of Advent
“Tending Toward Home”
Fourth Sunday of Advent
“The Divine Reversal”
Adult Choir & Brass Quintet
First Sunday of Christmastide
“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.
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.
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.