Home for ChristmasWelcome to Advent!
Home for Christmas in Worship
Advent is an invitation. For many, it is the invitation to get into that Christmas spirit, to count down the days to the grand celebration, and let the holiday transform everything around us.But there is a deeper and more profound invitation being offered in the season of Advent. The invitation is to remember that we are heading for home. Or if we’re not, if we’ve forgotten that there is a home toward which to head, it is the invitation to long for the home we call the kin-dom of God. It is where family resides, where peace resides, where justice abides, and hope will rise. Advent reminds us that we shouldn’t be complacent about the way things are – not that we want to become angrily attuned to every perceived failing in those around us or the world at large; but that we want to be those who look forward to something greater, something more that is just on the horizon.
Advent is the call to come home. We are longing for the coming kin-dom, where we will study war no more, where people will walk in the light, where joy will be found, and love with be the tie that binds us together. That’s the home for which we long. That’s the invitation this Advent season to your church and the world: “Come home for Christmas.”
9am Contemporary (setlist here) // 11am Traditional
- 11/27: Time to go Home
- 12/4: The Fear of Home
- 12/11: The Joy of Home
- 12/18: The Blessing of Home
Christmas Eve is the perfect time to bring everyone home to St. Paul’s! We will enjoy a Holy Communion and a candlelight service together, remembering how God made a home among us.
- 4pm: Our loudest, most kid-friendly service will have music led by our praise band and childcare offered for kids under age 3.
- 7pm: Traditionally our largest service, we’ll enjoy traditional music with the bell choir.
- 11pm: Join us for a small, intimate service that will lead us right into Christmas.
Christmas is on Sunday this year! Join us for one combined service at 10am that will be casual (Christmas sweaters welcome!!!) and full of carols! We will have an interactive morning, sharing stories and traditions as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!
Advent is one of those special seasons in the year that invites us to connect with God more intentionally. We are going to help you do that with daily devotions offered by some clergy and laity at St. Paul’s. Each day on social media, starting 11/28, you’ll be assigned a scripture to read, given a devotion, and a couple of reflection questions. Start your day with your St. Paul’s family and Jesus as we wait together this season.
Studies & Special Gatherings
Home for Christmas Small Groups
Join us! These studies will engage Scripture from the previous Sunday with an activity you can prepare on your own time and then share during the group time. This will be a valuable way to reflect on home and family, to prepare the way for Immanuel God-with-us, and to think about how we can grow in Christ through connection with others. The groups listed below are doing the study and are excited to welcome you!
- Sunday Mornings with the Micah Class
11/27 – 12/18 | 9-10:45am | Bridge Classroom. Contact: Sandy Finney
- Sunday Mornings with Pastor Eric
11/27 – 12/18 | 10:15a | lower level Meeting Room. Contact: Pastor Eric
- Tuesday Evenings with Mike & Allison Marcus
11/29 – 1/3 | 7:30-9pm at the Marcus home. Contact: Mike Marcus //913.626.0319
- Wednesday Evening Women’s Group
11/30 -1/4 | 8-9pm via Zoom. Contact: Shannon Tefft
- Thursday Evening Seekers
12/1 – 1/5 | 6pm via Zoom (find link on the calendar). Contact Sharry Lockhart
The 1pm Wednesday Study Group is doing a different Advent study and you are welcome to join any time as well! Find details here.
Mid-day Advent Prayer
Thursdays, 12/1 – 12/22 | 12:15-12:45 | via Zoom
On Thursdays during Advent, join Pastor Eric via Zoom for a short mid-day (12:15-12:45) pause to re-center and nourish your soul. We’ll pray together and share a moment of reflection on Scripture that has been part of our Advent journey that week. Find the Zoom link on our calendar. Contact: Pastor Eric
Fri, 12/2 | 6pm @ Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
St. Paul’s is one of the sponsors of Sar-Ko Aglow again this year! Join us Friday, December 2 at 6pm for the Official Lighting Ceremony in Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th & Lackman. Stop by our table to help us share the love and warmth of the season (and maybe a few goodies!) with our neighbors. We’ll also be inviting our neighbors to join us for Christmas Eve services, so come and share in the Lighting Ceremony and help us be good neighbors in Lenexa!
Be sure to arrive early – and/or carpool! – to get a parking spot!
“Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him” Nativity Display
Sun, 12/11 | 10:15a | Bridge Hallway
Throughout Advent, we’re hearing God’s invitation to ‘Come Home for Christmas’ and anticipating how God comes to be at home with us in Christ. Seek team would like to invite you to share your Nativity set during the Love, Seek, Serve hour (between worship services) on December 11.
If you’d like to participate, please fill out this form, and an informational display card will be prepared for your display. Bring your Nativity set to church on the 11th before the 9am service to set up in the Bridge hallway. Displays can be picked up at 11am or after the 11am service.
Everyone is invited to join us on the 11th to enjoy warm drinks, snacks, and to see the unique and beautiful Nativity scenes! Contact: Patricia Marcus.
Night of Beer & Carols
Mon, 12/12 | 7pm @ Transport Brewery
Join us for beer – or a non-alcoholic beverage! – and carols at Transport Brewery! Get in the Christmas spirit and help us raise a pint to celebrate the holiday season. We’ll sing all the Christmas classics together over a beer or two. No ticket fee! Just bring your jolly disposition and yuletide cheer. We can’t wait to see you there! Contact: Mitch Duperree
Christmas Cookie Night
Fri, 12/16 | 6pm @ Tefft Home
You’re invited to an all ages cookie decorating night at the Tefft home! Finished cookies will be gifted to community members in need of holiday cheer. RSVP for more info and to select from a list of goodies you’d like to bring – or just bring yourself and your Advent cheer!
Shannon & Brian Tefft’s home
8004 Lingle Lane, Lenexa, KS 66215
Youth-Led Bake Sale & Serve Opportunity
Sun, 12/18 | 10am
December 18th during the Love Seek Serve Hour the youth will be in the Bridge Hallway with a bake sale to support their summer trip and also leading you in an opportunity to serve. Join us downstairs between services!