On first glance, there isn’t much comfort or joy in the Christmas story, either. Instead of tinsel, we find a dirt floor. Instead of a perfect family, we find people drawn together by circumstances they don’t understand. Instead of a brightly lit path, we find a long night on a darker road.
But over it all, we find music. When angels split the sky over Bethlehem, they sing. When a man who has endured decades of waiting meets his newborn son, he sings. Mary sings, and she keeps her song in her heart.
Could we do the same?
Come and listen, in this unusual Christmas season, for the unusual message of Christmas. Don’t give up your search for comfort, joy, and a new song. Maybe Christmas comes at the end of the year for a reason. Maybe it comes, like hope itself, just when we need it most.
November 29: Comfort and Joy
December 6: Silent Night
December 13: In the Bleak Midwinter
December 20*: Repeat the Sounding Joy
December 24: The Weary World Rejoices!
December 27: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
*On the 20th, we take a break from our regular Sunday preaching to hear the Christmas story told as a first person dramatic monologue, from the perspective of a historical, biblical character. You don't want to miss it!
In a year when our holiday traditions are turned upside down, we are all looking for a way to celebrate the season that is marked by comfort, joy . . . and even grace.
We invite you and your household to join us for a festive walk-through experience filled with lights, music, a live nativity, and a giving tree where you will receive a special gift as well as an opportunity to give to local households in need.
Details on these events at each of our locations below:
It's a longstanding tradition at Grace Chapel to take an offering for a worthy cause outside of our church. Prior years' offerings have gone towards disaster relief, social justice, sustainable living, and community development.
Throughout the Advent Season this year, we as a church, will we be providing an opportunity to give a “Christmas Offering” above and beyond your regular giving to help those in need. Your donations will be sent to local/regional/global agencies who will use your gifts to support the hundreds of households they serve this Christmas season.
You can give online using the links below; select your campus, and use online if you haven't attended a Grace Chapel location before. Or you can send a check with a note in the memo line to the church at: Grace Chapel Ministry Offices, 3 Militia Drive, Lexington, MA 02421.
The results of this Christmas Offering will be included and celebrated during the Christmas Eve Service.
While the Christmas season is a time of joy and hope, we know that for many, the holidays can also be a time that brings up pain, hurt, and loss. For those having difficulty in these areas, the Christmas season may feel lonely and overwhelming.
Over the years, Blue Christmas at Grace Chapel has been a non-traditional service that acknowledges the pain and provided hope and comfort to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or hurting during the holiday season.
This year we are unable to gather in person, so we've created a devotional guide to help those who are struggling during this holiday season.