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Christmas Cantata 2013, a set on Flickr.BEAUTIFUL Christmas Cantata photos by the talented Jim King are now on the SMUMC Flickr page! Take a look!
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Christmas Cantata 2013, a set on Flickr.

BEAUTIFUL Christmas Cantata photos by the talented Jim King are now on the SMUMC Flickr page! Take a look!
#SMUMC’s #Christmas Cantata 2013 (photo by Jim King) - Chapel Choir, Sanctuary Choir, & Orchestra (at St. Matthews United Methodist Church)

#SMUMC’s #Christmas Cantata 2013 (photo by Jim King) - Chapel Choir, Sanctuary Choir, & Orchestra (at St. Matthews United Methodist Church)

Local Pastor Bill Moberly leads St. Matthew’s worship with the message "Led By the Light" on Sunday, December 29, 2013.  Scripture: Jeremiah 29:10-14 & Romans 12:1-8.  (recorded at the 11:15 Traditional Service)

Music students gather to give a beautiful surprise performance of O Holy Night in the courtyard of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 

Question for Personal Thought: Christmas vs. Advent

If a child asks you the difference between Christmas and Advent, can you confidently answer the question? What is the season of Advent?

CANTATA ON DEC. 15TH (THIS SUNDAY!):  The Sanctuary & Chapel Choirs will combine to present “A Celebration of Carols,” a cantata by Joseph Martin on Sunday (December 15th) at 8:15 & 11:15 AM.  Our choirs will be accompanied by a small orchestra.  Bring your family & friends to hear of the birth of Jesus through familiar carols and narration.  Everyone is welcome!

CANTATA ON DEC. 15TH (THIS SUNDAY!):  The Sanctuary & Chapel Choirs will combine to present “A Celebration of Carols,” a cantata by Joseph Martin on Sunday (December 15th) at 8:15 & 11:15 AM.  Our choirs will be accompanied by a small orchestra.  Bring your family & friends to hear of the birth of Jesus through familiar carols and narration.  Everyone is welcome!

How do you prepare for your role in your church’s living nativity scene?  Check out how The Skit Guys do it!

A hilarious and heartwarming mockumentary that tells the story of an actor performing in a living nativity who takes his role way too seriously.

All afternoon and evening activities and rehearsals have been canceled today, December 8, due to inclement weather.  This includes the Seniors and Sr. High Christmas Party, UMYF, choir rehearsals, among other events and activities. 

All afternoon and evening activities and rehearsals have been canceled today, December 8, due to inclement weather.  This includes the Seniors and Sr. High Christmas Party, UMYF, choir rehearsals, among other events and activities. 

Family Advent Celebration - Come to enjoy our homemade soup buffet, crafts for the kids, Christmas Carols, a special Christmas story, free family photos, and more.  6:00 PM TONIGHT (Friday, December 6th).  
St. Matthew’s UMC: 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.

Family Advent Celebration - Come to enjoy our homemade soup buffet, crafts for the kids, Christmas Carols, a special Christmas story, free family photos, and more.  6:00 PM TONIGHT (Friday, December 6th).  

St. Matthew’s UMC: 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.

This delightful parody written by Mark Bradford and directed by Darla Robinson tells the Christmas story in a new… and UNIQUE… way that will touch the hearts of generations to come. 

Advent Meditation - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel:  Advent, which means “coming” or “arrival,” is a time of preparation for the birth of Christ, and a celebration of God’s unconditional love. This meditation features the photographs of Mike Dubose, Kathleen Barry and others, over the hymn tune, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” dating from the 12th century. The human condition can, at times, be one of struggle, yet through faith, the spirit rises above even tragedy, and hope and love prevail.

Lyrics to verses 1 and 4 of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

O come, O come, Emmanuel

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the son of God appear

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel

O come, thou Dayspring

Come and cheer

Our spirits by Thine Advent here

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night

And death’s dark shadows

Put to flight

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel

Producer: Laurens Glass

Editor: Anthony Cook

Photographs: Mike Dubose, Kathleen Barry, Ronny Perry, Arthur McClanahan, Paul Jeffrey, with images by Reed Galin and Buda United Methodist Church

Pianist: Anne D. Glass

Date: November 2013

Contact: LGlass@umcom.org for more information

Why is this Advent season so important? It is a time to stop - to prepare - to wait.”

LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE (Blue Christmas):  Is the season leading up to Christmas a difficult time for you?  Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by all of the hustle and bustle and need a chance for quiet?  Do you have trouble holding on to the light in the midst of the world’s gathering darkness? On Saturday, December 21st at 6:00 PM, St. Matthew’s will be hosting a Longest Night Service.  This service will be an opportunity for us to acknowledge the ways in which this season is not always as joyful for all of us as our culture tells us that it should be, and a time to hold on to Christ’s light in the midst of the world’s darkness.  It will include singing Christmas carols, lighting candles, and prayer, and brief Scripture readings.  God holds all of us, and all of our pain, close to God’s heart.  Join us as we celebrate this together.  (Please note the time change from last year’s service.  This year we will meet at 6:00 PM.)

LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE (Blue Christmas):  Is the season leading up to Christmas a difficult time for you?  Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by all of the hustle and bustle and need a chance for quiet?  Do you have trouble holding on to the light in the midst of the world’s gathering darkness? On Saturday, December 21st at 6:00 PM, St. Matthew’s will be hosting a Longest Night Service.  This service will be an opportunity for us to acknowledge the ways in which this season is not always as joyful for all of us as our culture tells us that it should be, and a time to hold on to Christ’s light in the midst of the world’s darkness.  It will include singing Christmas carols, lighting candles, and prayer, and brief Scripture readings.  God holds all of us, and all of our pain, close to God’s heart.  Join us as we celebrate this together.  (Please note the time change from last year’s service.  This year we will meet at 6:00 PM.)

Sticky Jesus by The Skit Guys: As a mother and son unpack the Christmas decorations they also unpack some less than happy memories involving the manger scene and some peanut butter covered fingers.

Happy Geeky Christmas!  

Happy Geeky Christmas!