Advent and Christmastide

The stories, scriptures, and traditions of the Christmas season have been passed down to us throughout the generations. Many of us enter this season with a swell of memories and emotions as vast as the cultural and religious rituals this holiday holds. Like a tapestry woven throughout time, the Christmas story weaves us in—to remember how God has shown up in the past, to continue the work of collective liberation, to behold the presence of God in flesh and bone. The work of God is always unfolding—in and through us. This Advent, may you remember that you belong—to a story etched into the wrinkles of time, to generations that have come before and will come after, to a love that won’t let you go.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services


Saturday, December 24

  • 5:30 p.m.   –   Children’s Service, Main Sanctuary
  • 7:30 p.m.   –   Candlelight & Carol Service, Main Sanctuary & Livestreamed
  • 10:30 p.m. –   Communion Service, Trinity Chapel


Sunday, December 25

  • 8:30 a.m.   –   Communion Service, Trinity Chapel
  • 10:30 p.m. –   Worship Service, Main Sanctuary & Livestreamed

Longest Night Service

Thursday, December 22

7:30 p.m.  –  Trinity Chapel

The purpose of this service is to provide a setting where people can come together in acknowledgment that, for many, this is a difficult time of the year. The service includes scripture, meditations, hymns, prayers, and the lighting of candles.

Mid-Week Advent Services

Wednesdays, November 30 – December 21

12:00 p.m.  –  Trinity Chapel

Service of Prayer in Trinity Chapel, followed by a soup lunch and reflection.

Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship

Monday, December 26

4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The beloved Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship returns this holiday season in Downtown Frederick. This special open house celebrates Frederick’s tradition of religious diversity, local history, and the holiday season.

TRINITY CHAPEL, 10 W. Church Street

Experience bell chime demonstrations in the historic Trinity Chapel steeple tower and see the beautiful 1898 stained glass window depicting “Christ in the Temple.”


Enjoy music and the Christmas Putz in the Main Sanctuary.  A putz is a nativity scene, or creche, which tells the Christmas story with groups of figurines on a miniature landscape. A narration of the Christmas story accompanies the Putz.

Musician schedule:

  • 4:00-5:30p.m.  –  Alison E. Shafer, organ
  • 5:30-6:30p.m.  –  Jenna Duranko, marimba
  • 6:30-7:45p.m.  –  John Widmann, organ
  • 7:45-9:00p.m.  –  Bill Powell, organ

In our Community Room, enjoy hospitality and refreshments.