DIOPA Connections: One Time-Events: Services


Saturday, December 16 at 7 p.m., St. John’s Church, Compass
will host an Advent Taize-style service of
Worship and Prayer
– ideal for “decompressing” during
this hectic season. Location: 1520 West King’s Hwy., Gap PA 17527, or
check out www.saintjohnscompass.org. 


Lessons and Carols for Christmas at Saint
Sunday, December 17th at 5:00 p.m. – The Adult Choir
and Choristers of Saint Paul’s, Chestnut Hill will offer a service based on
the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College, Cambridge.
Led by Zach Fritsch-Hemenway, Director of Music with guest organist
Monica Czausz, Curtis Institute of Music. A festive reception follows, all
are welcome. Click here for details and full music list.

Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville will present the Festival
of Nine Lessons and Carols
, the beautiful service that
celebrates the birth of Jesus, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 17. The stor
is told with nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and
the gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, handbell and
vocal choir music. A reception with cookies and hot chocolate follows. For
more info, call the church at 215-234-8020 or visit the web page at

Lessons & Carols Service on Sunday, December 17
at 6 – 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s, Philadelphia. Sung by the Evensong
Singers of St. Stephen’s Church. Matthew C. Glandorf, Director. The Service
will follow the O Antiphons of Advent. Music by Philip Stopford, Boris Ord,
Benjamin Boyle, Melissa Dunphy, Orlando Gibbons and Eriks Esenvalds.
All Are Welcome!


Comfort of Advent ServiceSunday, December 17
at 3 p.m. in the new Chapel of the Emily Norris Carey Learning Center at
St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh. The holiday season is hard for
those whose hearts are hurting. You are not alone. Comfort of Advent is a
gentle, contemplative service for those who are carrying heavy burdens,
pain, or loss during this season of celebration. If you have any questions
please contact The Rev. Liz Costello at ecostello@stthomaswhitemarsh.org.

Wednesday, December 20th: Longest
Night Christmas Service
at 7:00
p.m. in the Chapel at Washington Memorial
. Fr. Krueger will offer a special service of
Prayers and Eucharist for those who find the
holidays and its “good cheer” difficult.

Trinity Buckingham Church hosts a Service for the Longest Night for the local community on Thursday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Trinity Buckingham’s Historic Trinity Chapel. All are welcome. The Service for the Longest Night is a quiet service of reflection, contemplative music, prayers for healing and peace, and lighting of candles honoring the Winter Solstice. Luminaries will light the path from the Church’s main sanctuary to the Historic Trinity Chapel. Trinity Buckingham Church is located at 2631 Durham Road, at the intersection of Routes 202 and 413. There is ample parking behind the Church, accessed via Route 413. The Historic Chapel is located next to the Main Church alongside Route 202. For information, please visit www.trinitybuckingham.org and scroll to “Longest Night” or call 215-794-7921.


Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville will hold a festive Christmas Eve
geared especially for families with young children starting at 4 p.m., featuring
the telling of the Nativity story, Communion, children’s choir and singing of Christmas
carols. The traditional candlelight Holy Eucharist service will be held at 8 p.m. with vocal
and handbell choir music, carol singing and a special message by the pastor, the Rev. Kathy
Andonian. For more info, call 215-234-8020 or visit the webpage at www.churchoftheholyspirit.us.