Special Events in December

Friday & Saturday, December 15 & 16, 8:00PM – Handel’s Messiah sung by the Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra.  For tickets: call 410-280-5460;  go to www.liveartsmaryland.org, or purchase at the door.

Sunday, December 17, 3:00PM – Handel’s Messiah sung by the Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra.  For tickets: call 410-280-5460; go to www.liveartsmaryland.org, or purchase at the door.

Thursday, December 21, 6:00PM – Service for the Longest Night. Worship with Eucharist.

Saturday, December 23, 5:30PM – Holy Eucharist for the 4th Sunday of Advent with special performance by the choir and orchestra.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services

Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24:

3:00PM Christ Child Service: A joyful Christmas Eucharist and Christmas Eve Pageant: includes the participation of children and their families.

5:00PM Festal Eucharist for Christmas: this service features carols, choir, and music for organ and brass.

8:00PM Festal Eucharist for Christmas: this service features carols, choir, and music for organ and brass.

11:00PM A Candlelight Eucharist for the Nativity of our Lord.

Christmas Day – Monday, December 25:

10:00AM Festal Eucharist for Christmas: this service features carols, choir, and music for organ and brass.

What Happens When the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve occur on the Same Day? 

This year the Fourth (last) Sunday of Advent falls on the same day as Christmas Eve, December 24.  We don’t want to miss out on this final day of preparation for the Christmas season, so at St. Anne’s we will celebrate 4 Advent at our Saturday evening Eucharist, on December 23 at 5:30 PM.   This service will be very much like our 9:30 service in style, with choir, hymns, Sycamore Tree for children, a sermon, and communion.  Ernie Green is planning special music at this service that will lead us right into our festive Christmas Eve services the next day.  Because we have 4 Christmas Eve services (at 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM, and 11:00 PM) and a host of volunteers who help with those, we will have no services in the morning on December 24.  So, plan to experience all of the beauty of Advent by joining us every week of Advent, including on Saturday, December 23! (By the way, the next year this will happen is 2023!)

Advent Booklet

Welcome to Advent! Welcome to these reflections, lovingly prepared and shared by members of our parish as company for our Advent journey. Advent can be a time of wonder and expectation, a time of encouragement and hope, if we let it–if we pause during this season to watch for, and wonder at, and open ourselves to what God still wants to do in the world, even through us, even now.

Here’s a poem to get us started. To me, “the gravity of love” speaks of the awesomeness of what God was up to as well as the down to earth nature of God’s plan. How is the gravity of God’s love at work in your life this Advent? May God bless you and your listening, waiting, watching, and exploring this Advent.
In Christ’s love, Amy Richter+

The Annunciation, by Jean Jantzen

First, the gazing, without words, his eyes two clear wells and she a window. Her folded arms will fall in silence
for she is becoming air itself with his look, dispersing, floating like light above the carved arches of the portico.
But then he speaks. The words tumble out
like stones—an avalanche to topple walls,
to make a bridge, to lift an arch, a leaf, a scroll,
to make the space which holds her here.
This is the moment of stone and air, the Word wheeling into her the way words do— flight and density,
hot stone, molten cell, its syllables of I Am—You Are, whirling. The gravity of love.

To read the full booklet, click on the picture above, or here.