Advent 2021

Worship | 11:00 AM
Christian Education | 9:30 AM

Join us in the Sanctuary or online for worship each Sunday during Advent. Recordings of our services will be available online.

Join us in the Church Yard (Fellowship Hall in inclement weather) at 9:30 AM to make Advent wreaths.

“Advent” means “coming” — the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. Christians around the world prepare on each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas with special liturgy, hymns, and candle lighting. On this first Sunday in Advent, join us in preparing your hearts and homes for the coming Christmas season. We will learn more about the meaning of Advent, light the first Advent candle together, and share a special Advent blessing. We will provide greens, wreath forms, and candles for all, but if you have additional greens of all kinds to share, we invite you to bring them, along with clippers for easier assembly.

Sunday Adult Education, December 5, 12, 19 at 9:30 AM: Appointed for This Day.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is among those denominations that follow what is known as the Revised Common Lectionary in choosing the scripture passages that will be read and preached on each Sunday morning.  Linda Lanam, Meeting House member and elder, will lead this three week series that will look at and try to answer some basic questions about the lectionary: What is it? Where did it come from? And what do we do with it now that we have it? 

  • Session One: History of lectionaries generally and the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) in particular.
  • Session Two: Operation of the lectionary (what is in, what is out, what alternatives there are, etc.).
  • Session Three: Advent and Christmas lectionary readings (looking at how this season is treated in all three years A, B, and C).

Thursday Mornings, December 2, 9, 16 at 10:00 AM, Zoom, Jesus’ Family Tree: What are these women doing in a place like this?

As we mark the season of Advent, we are drawn to the opening chapters of the Gospels, especially Matthew and Luke, for clues about who and where Jesus came from. Matthew’s Gospel begins by introducing us to Jesus’ whole family—for many generations—and inviting us into stories of the people who shaped Jesus and who shape us, too.
 
Among those generations of family are several women. These women named in Jesus’ family tree have back stories: stories of shame, of blessing, of risk-taking, and of courage. Matthew has named these women for a reason and in the weeks of the Advent season we want to explore their stories, stories that take us back into the Old Testament and lead us into the Good News of Jesus Christ.
 
Join Linda and Priscilla for this short 3 week study to explore these women’s stories in our Thursday morning Bible study in November and December, we will be invited to think about our own family stories and how they have shaped us and our faith.
  • November 25: Happy Thanksgiving – no class
  • December 2: Rahab and Tamar–“The family embarrassments”
  • December 9: Ruth and Bathsheba– “The ‘outsider’ wives”
  • December 16: Mary–“The mother”

Please contact Noelle Castin, Director of Christian Education for the Zoom link.

Hope is hard to find during a long pandemic. Dark feelings of grief, loss, anger, betrayal and despair plague our souls and our communities. As the light fades and the evenings grow long this December, the season of Advent reminds us that God is with us in the night.

We can see and observe God at work in the dark, marvel at the beauty of creation lit by moon and stars, and rest from the day’s labor. Darkness is often associated with evil and suffering, but a devotional exploration of “night” bears witness to Christ’s Good News. Exploring biblical happenings that occur at night – visions, angel visits, prisoners set free – we will move through this Advent season as watchful disciples, keeping vigil for the One who is promised to arrive like a thief in the night.

These inspiring devotions are available in the Narthex on Sunday mornings or in the church office through the week. 

Join us on Wednesdays in December at 12:05 PM for these short lunchtime programs. We will feature local musical groups and our own Meeting House Singers in festive holiday carols!

  • December 1 – Arlington Brass Quartet   from the United States Air Force Band
  • December 8 – United States Navy Sea Chanters Chorus
  • December 15 – Annandale Singers and Women’s Chamber Ensemble  Patrick Vaughn, Director

For this event, we will require either proof of full vaccination OR a recent negative PCR COVID-19 test:

  • Full vaccination means two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine
  • Proof of vaccination means a physical vaccine card or a digital image of said card
  • An acceptable negative COVID-19 PCR test will have been taken in the last 72 hours
  • Masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status

The Alternative Giving Christmas Market, will be open from December 1 to December 31. Shop from home and give gifts that make a difference!

All your favorite mission areas will be represented—and even a couple new ones. You’ll be able to peruse mission group pages to find out more about each one and make a decision right there to make a donation in honor of someone. Our Meeting House Knitting Group has also worked hard this year to have a fabulous selection knitted items that can be purchased and picked up in the Church Office. Proceeds from these sales will benefit Family to Family and the Burial Grounds. 

Payment will be easy and direct from the site, using your credit card. We’ll even include a link to gift acknowledgement cards that you can print out and give to your loved ones.

Give the gifts that make a difference!

Join Meeting House members and friends as we march in the 2021 Scottish Walk Christmas parade, with our own, custom-made float. Our participation in this year’s parade will mark the beginning of celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Meeting House. We will join the St. Andrews Society, which founded the Scottish Walk, to lead this year’s parade. The parade will be held on Saturday, December 4, beginning at 11:00 AM.  Please sign up to participate in the parade.  On the morning of the parade, please gather in the church courtyard by no later than 9:45.  We will leave from there for our designated place in the parade.  Please be aware that vehicle access in the area around the parade route will be restricted (including the block with our church parking lot), so plan accordingly.  And if you have a Scottish tartan, plan to wear it!  For any questions or further information, contact Sandy Davis.

On Sunday, December 12 at 3:00 PM join us for the immortal 1741 oratorio of G. F. Handel, featuring his famous “Hallelujah” chorus and some of the composer’s greatest arias, presented by the Meeting House Choir, soloists, and orchestra.

For this event, we will require either proof of full vaccination OR a recent negative PCR COVID-19 test:

  • Full vaccination means two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine
  • Proof of vaccination means a physical vaccine card or a digital image of said card
  • An acceptable negative COVID-19 PCR test will have been taken in the last 72 hours
  • Masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status

Taizé Service of Wholeness:  This service will be held at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.  It offers an opportunity to pause and reflect during this busy season, and is particularly mindful of the sorrows and challenges that are also present in our lives. 

Taize services are simple, candlelit, participatory prayer services that consist of music, song and silence. The music is meditative, prayerful, chant-like, and repetitive, allowing  the gathered group to enter into sung prayer that is both corporate and individually centering.  

Join us at 3:30 PM for an interactive retelling of the Christmas story.

Join us at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary for meaningful and entertaining holiday readings in person and live-streamed.

Join us at 11:00 AM for worship! No classes for children or adults. Everyone is welcome in worship.