Advent and Christmas at First Pres
Advent is full of opportunities for connection, celebration, and worship at First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth. We hope our church will be a place for respite, reflection, and renewal this season and this will be a time to remember the familiar yet powerful story of God’s love for us in the gift of Jesus’ birth. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
Advent Sermon Series: "Christmas ___ Here"
Sundays and Wednesdays, December 3-24
During Advent, we will explore a different aspect of the season through this sermon series highlighting the hope, peace, joy, and love surrounding Jesus' birth. Each week, First Pres Pastors will fill in a new word to help us look at what Christmas here is - "Christmas Spoken Here," Christmas Rooted Here," "Christmas Seen Here," "Christmas Dreamt Here," "Christmas Heard Here," "Christmas Sung Here," and "Christmas Proclaimed Here."
Advent Midday Prayer Services and Concerts
Wednesdays, December 6, 13, and 20, at 12 p.m. in the Sanctuary
These 30-minute noon services include Scripture, music, prayer, and reflections by clergy on the spiritual impact of Advent as a season preparing us to celebrate Emmanuel - God with us. The noon worship services will be livestreamed. Midday concerts immediately follow worship at 12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary with a guest organist each week. A free lunch is served following the concert.
Follow the Star Live Nativity
Sunday, December 10, at 5:30 p.m. on the Penn Street side of First Pres
All are invited to celebrate Advent with a live nativity, followed by a fun grilled cheese and tomato soup come-and-go dinner under the Great Hall’s covered entrance. For more information, contact Ann Nielsen ( ).
Fort Worth Opera Winter Song Concert
Friday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Top-tier artists from the Fort Worth Opera will present Christmas music to celebrate the season. This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, December 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall
The Moravian denomination introduced the service of a Lovefeast in 1727, a simple meal with song and prayer, to encourage Christian fellowship and love. All are invited to come enjoy an evening of dinner, music, praise, and fellowship as we continue the tradition, hosted by Circles of Christ!
The Longest Night Service
Thursday, December 21, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel
December 21, the winter solstice, is the night with the longest period of darkness. During Advent and Christmas, the church focuses on the happiness of receiving the Christ child into the world. Yet there are many among us for whom Christmas is a season of grief. This service allows us to name and acknowledge feelings of grief, sadness, or loss that may be present in this season. We’ll come together for a moment of reflection for healing and self-care as we gather around Scripture, song, prayer, and acts of remembrance.
Christmas Eve at First Pres
Christmas Eve Brunch
Sunday, December 24 at 11:15 a.m. at Community Crossroads
Neighbors and friends are invited to enjoy a Christmas brunch together at Community Crossroads after the 10 a.m. Christmas Eve service at First Pres. This event is free and open to the public.
Christmas Eve Worship: Sunday, December 24
10 a.m. Morning worship (Sanctuary and livestream)
5 p.m. Service for families with children (Great Hall)
7 p.m. Service with candlelight (Sanctuary)
9 p.m. Service with Communion and candlelight (Sanctuary and livestream)
Childcare provided at 7 p.m. The shuttle (providing transportation to and from Trinity Terrace) will be available for the 7 p.m. service.