Chrismon on the FCCD Christmas Tree, 2014

Christmas 2016: Worship Services, Lectionary & Ministries

The first Sunday of Advent is November 27th. Here’s everything you need to know about celebrating the season with Gentle Spirit Christian Church.

Tree & Wreath Sale
Every year starting the day after Thanksgiving, there are quality trees and homemade wreaths for sale on the First Christian Church of Decatur lawn through the second Saturday in December. Proceeds benefit church and community missions in the City of Decatur, including the Toy Park and shared ministries with Gentle Spirit Christian Church. Last year’s trees sold out early, so get there soon for best selection!

Worship Services

  • Christmas Eve 6pm Service: We will join First Christian Church of Decatur in their main sanctuary to celebrate the eve of Christ’s birth. All are welcome.
  • Christmas Eve 11pm Service: We will lead the second Christmas Eve service at First Christian Church of Decatur in their main sanctuary to celebrate the eve of Christ’s birth. All are welcome.

Teddy Bear Ministry
Every year we collect teddy bears and stuffed animals during the Advent season and distribute them to patients in local hospitals and hospitals to spread Christmas cheer and let them know they’re not alone. Click here for details on how to participate.

The Live Tithe
If you’re cleaning out your attic, closets or storage after Christmas, you can put unused items that are in good condition to work supporting the ministry of Gentle Spirit Christian Church via our Live Tithe, which allows you to convert gently used (or never-used) items into support for GSCC’s ministry and claim a tax deduction. Click here for details.

Office Hours
The Gentle Spirit Christian Church office at First Christian Church of Decatur will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and open on New Year’s Eve. For an appointment with Pastor Paul, just contact the church office.

Advent 2016 Lectionary

Advent Year AFirst ReadingPsalmSecond ReadingGospel
First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016Isaiah 2:1-5Psalm 122Romans 13:11-14Matthew 24:36-44
Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2016Isaiah 11:1-10Psalm72:1-7, Psalm72:18-19Romans 15:4-13Matthew 3:1-12
Third Sunday of Advent, December 11, 2016Isaiah 35:1-10Psalm 146:5-10 or Luke 1:46b-55James 5:7-10Matthew 11:2-11
Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2016Isaiah 7:10-16Psalm80:1-7, Psalm80:17-19Romans 1:1-7Matthew 1:18-25