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Christmas Eve Worship

“Joy to the World,” a beloved Christmas classic,
turns 300 years old this year.

Composer Isaac Watt’s interpretation of Psalm 98 invites us to sing a “new song”–and it is a powerful cosmic performance of all creation being renewed and freed. Rather than “joy” being yet another word for “happiness,” we will discover that the depths of joy can be found especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion–all part of the coming of Jesus to this world and a message the world still so desperately needs. All are welcome. Please join our church family as we celebrate the birth of Christ!

December 24, 2019

The Lord is Come: Incarnate Joy
"Joy to the World, the Lord is come!" On this Christmas Eve we celebrate the world-altering narrative of the inbreaking, indwelling, incarnation of the Holy among us. Do you remember the feeling you may have had in moments, events or revelations that changed your life, your outlook, your trajectory forever? The depth of that feeling is what "deep joy" is about. Not simply happiness, that can be fleeting, but the idea that no matter what, there is something living withing you that can sustain you for the long haul. God is birthing this within us again and again. 

2:00 pm Family Worship | Sanctuary
A family-oriented service including an opportunity for children
to participate in the story of Jesus' birth.

7:30 pm | Traditional Worship | Sanctuary
A traditional service including the choir and candlelight.

11:00 pm Worship | Sanctuary
End your evening with a quiet, candlelit service of Communion.

    St. Paul's United Methodist Church
    1340 3rd Ave SE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52403


    Office Hours:
    Monday-Thursday | 8:00 am-5:00 pm
    Friday | 8:00 am -12:00 pm 


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