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Christmas Eve Services

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Advent at Trinity

 

Advent is a season of reflection. Therefore, you will notice changes to our Sunday worship. There is an English tradition of using blue during Advent. Blue is the color of Mary, the Mother of our Lord. As Mary waits for the birth of her child, so do we. You will notice greens on the altar instead of flowers to reflect the simplicity we seek at this time of year. Likewise, our music is reflective, in line with the nature of the season. These changes will be “lifted” on Christmas Eve to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity.

On this page you will find the many opportunities available to you during this season of Advent

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Advent Wreath Making

Sunday, Nov. 26th in Tuton Hall   

 

This is our much beloved annual event for our Trinity families. NO formation classes will meet. All children, youth, and adults are invited to participate in making an Advent wreath for their families. We meet in Tuton Hall from 9:30-10:30. All materials and an accompanying devotional will be provided.  We will have some greenery, but we ask that families contribute what they can to the big pile of greens.  A $10 per wreath donation is helpful to offset the cost.

Advent Reflections

 

One of our traditions here at Trinity is to create a daily devotional written entirely by members of our parish reflecting on each day’s assigned gospel reading. If you’d like to read along, there are a number of ways to participate: you can download the whole devotional at the link below, find it on our website, pick up a printed copy at the back of the church, or sign up to receive daily emails throughout the season containing the day’s reflection.

Loaves and Fishes

Sunday, December 3 from 10:00a - 1:00p 

 

Loaves and Fishes is a collaboration between Trinity Episcopal, Central Methodist and First Presbyterian Churches that offers the opportunity to support local non-profits and ministries in honor of loved ones in lieu of traditional holiday gifts.

 

This year we will honor 11 non-profits and ministries with donations to support their good work in our Asheville communities! Each agency will be present at Trinity to share information regarding their work. You can choose to make your “order” at the December 3 event, or Click Here to view our participating agencies' information and make a donation online. The website will be available to receive orders through December 20, 2023.

Advent Recital Series

December 6, 13, and 20 in the Nave  12:00 p

 

Recitals are each Wednesday at noon in Advent, with lunch provided afterward ($6 donation). 

 

  • Wed, Dec 6 — The first artist will be Polly Feitzinger, a professional pianist and member of Trinity. Her program is entitled “The Leipzig Connection,” including works by J S Bach, Clara and Robert Schumann, Brahms, and Mendelssohn, all of whom had ties to Leipzig. 

  • Wed, Dec 13 — Our own Gray Pearson will play an all-Bach program on both piano and organ. He is a senior at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt and will soon begin his Master’s Degree in church music. 

  • Wed, Dec 20 — The last recital will be played by Trinitarian Jessica Schaeffer (harp) and Kate Steinbeck (flute), one of our faithful Celtic service musicians. 

Please join us for these thirty-minute recitals by outstanding musicians and enjoy time for reflection during this season of Advent.

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Bishop of Myra

December 10 at the 10:45a service

 

The Bishop of Myra will make his annual appearance on December 10. All children will come to the 10:45 service and join "St. Nick" at the front of the church for a story and possibly some treats!

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Lessons & Carols

December 10 at 5:30p

 

Our Chancel Choir and a brass quintet will lead us in a traditional Candlelight Lessons and Carols service on December 10 at 5:30, modeled after the famous service at King’s College, Cambridge. Ancient prophecies foretell the coming of a Messiah, and choral anthems illuminate the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth. Music will include works by Palestrina, Bullard, Nixon and Gardner.

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Christmas Memorials and Dedications

 

As is our custom, we invite you to make a donation as a memorial for a loved one who has died or in thanksgiving for a loved one. The Christmas Eve bulletin will include the names of those you request. Your gift, as always, helps to adorn Trinity with decoration and music for our Christmas celebrations. Neither our decorations nor our music (brass included) will disappoint. You may make your dedication and donation using the envelopes which will be in the pews from now until December 17, or you may use THIS FORM. Deadline is December 17.

Christmas Eve Services

8:00 am    

Advent IV Eucharist     Redwood Chapel

Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, we will keep our celebration of the fourth Sunday of Advent in the morning with a quiet service in the Redwood Chapel.

3:00 pm

Children's Pageant     

Join us for this beloved service, where our children will lead us in dramatizing the story of Jesus’ birth. This in-person-only service will also include traditional carols of the season.

5:00 pm

Choral Prelude to the 5:30 Holy Eucharist with choir and brass

5:30 pm

Holy Eucharist and Blessing of the Christmas Creche.

This service is a traditional Christmas service of the Holy Eucharist. Trinity’s choir will lead traditional carols of the season along with soloists and brass.  Nursery care will be provided.

This service will be livestreamed. Click here.

10:30 pm

Choral Prelude to the 11:00 Holy Eucharist with choir, brass, and strings.

 

11:00 pm

Holy Eucharist and Blessing of the Christmas Creche.

This service is a traditional sung Christmas service of the Holy Eucharist. Trinity’s adult choir will lead traditional carols of the season along with brass, soloists, and professional violinists. 

Christmas Day Service

10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Carols

Join us for this simple in-person-only service of the Holy Eucharist with Carols. 

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