Bristol United Church of Christ     "The Church on the Hill"
Bristol United Church of Christ         "The Church on the Hill"  

Pastor's Corner


Adventures in Advent (and Christmas)


Here is the schedule for those who want to read the article later:


Sun. 11/27    First Sunday of Advent – Hope – Isaiah 2, Swords into Plows

Thurs. 12/1 @ 5:30 Chrismon Tree, Christmas Carols, and Pizza

Sat. 12/3 9A-12P     Women’s Fellowship Christmas Bazaar

Sun. 12/ 4     Second Sunday of Advent – Peace – Habbakkuk Waits

Sun. 12/11    Third Sunday of Advent – Joy – Isaiah 42 – A Light to the Nations

Sun. 12/18    Fourth Sunday of Advent – Love – Matthew 1 – Jesus as Emmanuel

Christmas Program with/for All Ages (and Ukes too!)

Sat. 12/24 @ 7PM   Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols

Sun. 12/25    Christmas Day – The Christmas Story and You Chose the Carols

Wed. 12/28 @ 7:30 AM      Morning Reflections goes ALL ZOOM for the winter.


There are lots of opportunities to get into the season of Advent and Christmas in the coming month. Sundays, beginning on Nov 27, we’ll be lighting the Candles of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love on our new Advent Wreath. Join us to decorate the Chrismon Tree, sing carols (sacred and frosty), and eat pizza on Thursday Dec. 1 at 5:30. All ages are welcome. Check out the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday Dec. 3 from 9AM to noon. There are always some great gifts to be found on the craft or bake tables. On Sunday Dec. 18, we’ll have our Christian Education Christmas Program during the morning service. This year we’ll have a special song presented by the Joyful Noise Ukulele Band and Friends.

Our Christmas Eve Service with Candle Lighting will be Dec. 24 at 7 PM. Come hear the Christmas Bible Lessons and sing the Carols of Our Savior’s Birth. The service will be in person and on Zoom.

Then, on Christmas Day, Sunday the 25th, we’ll have readings of Christmas and “You Choose the Carols” (traditional words).

Finally, beginning on Wednesday December 28th, Wednesday Morning Reflections will move over to Zoom only for the winter months. Put on a sweater or robe and attend in your PJs. Email the Church office or Rev. Andrew for the Zoom link.


And, of course, remember that the Advent Season is for preparing for Jesus’ coming to earth, in history AND in our lives today and always. Let us celebrate the birth of the Christ-Child, but also the life, ministry, teaching, death, and resurrection of the human person who was and is the Only Begotten of God.