Welcome to the Holidays at All Souls Church

Join us this holiday season to deepen your spirit, find peace, and cultivate joy and generosity. In addition to a three-sermon series by Rev. Hardies called Simple Gifts, this season features the Rachmaninoff Vespers, holiday caroling, the children’s pageant, Solstice, our Christmas Eve celebrations, and more. Please join us!

Sun., Nov. 25. Graceful Falling. Rev. Parker
Services at 9:30 and 11:15 am
Mary Oliver writes, “Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?” The fleeting nature of life comes to us keenly in the fall. Does anything abide? How can we live meaningfully if everything passes away? And yet, we give thanks.

Sun., Dec. 2. The Sound of Silence: Simple Gifts I. Rev. Hardies
Services at 9:30 and 11:15 am
The first in a three-sermon holiday series called Simple Gifts, focusing successively on the spiritual gifts of silence, breath, and darkness. The silence speaks to us. But we can’t receive its life-giving message until first we listen.
Bring unwrapped gifts for La Clinica del Pueblo’s Christmas collection.

Wed., Dec. 5. Rachmaninoff Vespers
Doors open at 6:30, vespers service begins at 7:30 pm
The All Souls Choir presents a unique vespers experience, featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff’s choral masterpiece, the All-Night Vigil. Vespers begins at 7:30 pm, and is preceded by open tea service, a labyrinth walk, and individual anointing/blessing with oils and herbs for those who wish to partake. All are invited to stay for yoga nidra (sleep yoga) immediately following the performance.

Sun., Dec. 9. When I Breathe In: Simple Gifts II. Rev. Hardies
Services at 9:30 and 11:15 am
Our breath is the one spiritual teacher that accompanies us from birth to death. How do we harness the power of our own breath to calm us, center us, and call us back to the source of life?
Bring an unwrapped gift this Sunday for the children of La Clinica del Pueblo.

Wed., Dec. 12. December Vespers
Service at 7:30 pm
Take a break from the holiday frenzy and join us for our mid-week contemplative service of silence, prayer and chant.

Sun., Dec. 16. The All Souls Christmas Pageant
Services at 9:30 and 11:15 am
On this Sunday, Rev. Hardies will be joined by the children of the church to tell a very special story set to some very special music. An All Souls tradition.
Register your children here to be part of the pageant. There is a mandatory rehearsal on Sat. Dec. 15 from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon.
Bring an unwrapped gift this Sunday for the children of La Clinica del Pueblo.

Mon., Dec. 17. Holiday Caroling in Columbia Heights
Meet in Pierce Hall at 6:00 pm
Spread some holiday cheer in our neighborhood! Join musicians from the choirs for caroling throughout Columbia Heights, then come back to Pierce Hall for hot chocolate. All ages are welcome.

Sun., Dec. 23. Night Vision: Simple Gifts III. Rev. Hardies
Services at 9:30 and 11:15 am
The winter solstice marks the longest night of the year. The darkness has much to teach about hope and fear, but first we must learn to see in the dark.

Mon., Dec. 24. Christmas Eve at All Souls

7:00 pm. Family Candlelight Service
Our early Christmas service is designed especially for families with young children—as well as the young at heart of all ages! This year features a dramatic reading of a classic Christmas story. The Jubilee Singers and Children’s Choir will sing. Don’t forget to bring a bell to ring every time we sing Alleluia.

10:00 pm. Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols
Join Rev. Hardies and the All Souls Choir in welcoming Christmas into the world and into our hearts during this candlelit service of lessons and carols. Don’t forget to bring a bell to ring every time we sing Alleluia.

Sun., Dec. 30. Watchnight. Rev. Braxton
One service only at 10:15 am
Looking back into historical time, African American communities approached the New Year with a sense of awe, reverence, and wonder, not knowing what the future would bring. Today our country is in a Watchnight moment, and we explore the sustaining spiritual and religious traditions of the past in our own faithful present.

Rachmaninoff Vespers

On Wednesday, December 5, the All Souls Choir will present a one-time-only Vespers experience, featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff's iconic choral masterpiece, the All-Night Vigil (Opus 37). The performance begins at 7:00 pm, and will be preceded by open tea service, a walking/meditation labyrinth created with natural elements, and individual anointing/blessing with oils and herbs for those who wish to partake. All are invited to stay for yoga nidra ("sleep yoga") immediately following the performance.

Our regular December Vespers service will take place the following Wednesday, December 12. For more information, contact Director of  Music & Arts Jen Hayman (jhayman@allsouls.ws).

As we approach the darkest season of the year, we invite you to kindle and nurture the light within. This event is free and open to the public.

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