Candlelight Carol Service
Following the revered English tradition, a service of Lessons and Carols is held at 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of Advent. Readings from Holy Scripture unfolding the drama of salvation are woven into the singing of Advent and Christmas Carols by the Chancel Choir and congregation. Special organ music appropriate for the season is presented during the prelude and postlude. Due to the contemplative nature of this service, parents of young children are requested to avail themselves of the childcare provided.
Christmas Eve Family Service and Christmas Pageant
Usually held in the Sanctuary at 11 a.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
A Christmas Eve service of worship is held in the Sanctuary at 10 p.m. on the night before Christmas. The service includes a sermon, the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion and a ceremony of candles, symbolizing the gift of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, and our opportunity to bear that light into the world. Beginning at 9:30 p.m. the choir, brass quintet, percussion and organ present a prelude of seasonal music.
On Good Friday, a service of worship is held at 12:15 pm in the sanctuary to remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. For 93 years at The Brick Church, this service has been centered on the singing of Sir John Stainer’s beloved oratorio, “The Crucifixion” by our Chancel Choir. Premiered in London in 1887, Stainer’s oratorio quickly became a much anticipated Good Friday tradition in England and still holds such a place today. Tuneful and approachable yet powerfully dramatic, this hour long choral work vividly retells the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion. The congregation joins the choir in singing several fine hymns composed by Stainer especially for this work. As in years past at Brick Church, the tenor and bass soloists for this service are drawn from the ranks of the major American opera houses. The service lasts 75 minutes. Download the bulletin here.
On Easter Sunday morning, two identical festive and joyous services of worship are held in the Sanctuary at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., each preceded by 20 minutes of special music, in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each service includes a sermon, the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and the participation of the Chancel Choir, organ, Brass quintet and percussion.