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Christmas Worship


Monday, December 24
Hospitality Parking: We will offer complimentary parking for the 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve services. Drive up to the front portico of the church and parking attendants will be available to park your car.  

10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Calling all kings, shepherds, and sheep! Help us re-create the Nativity in this child-centered Christmas service. Bring your own costume, or wear one we provide!

10:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m., Chapel

A traditional service with organist, soloist, a homily, and a Christmas
message from Rev. Dr. John F. Ross.

1:00 p.m.
(Parables friendly service), 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
This wonderful experience for all ages includes music by our contemporary music team, Tapestry, a special Children’s Choir, Youth Ensemble, and Celebrations Choir, your favorite Christmas carols, candlelighting, a special moment for children, and a Christmas message from Rev. Dr. John F. Ross.   *Childcare available for ages Birth-PreK for these services

9:00 p.m., Sanctuary

With fanfare and joy we hear Lessons and Carols in festive music from the Chancel Choir and the Lake Minnetonka String Quartet, and a Christmas message from Rev. Dr. John F. Ross.

11:00 p.m., Sanctuary

A joyous and contemplative welcome of the midnight hour and the beginning of Christmas Day. We will hear a meditation by Rev. Dr. John F. Ross and share communion around the table. Moving music will guide us into a time of reflection.

Tuesday, December 25
10:00 a.m. in the Chapel
Come as you are on Christmas morning for warm, welcoming, and joyous Christmas Day worship. Hear Rev. Lindy Purdy’s heartwarming story Parranda, a Puerto Rican Christmas, and uplifting music, including all your favorite carols. Join in a Christmas carol sing-along, and Christmas cookies in the Colonnade.

Advent Worship


All are invited into reflective worship experiences in this season of Advent.

Sunday, December 16
9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Worship, Sanctuary

Join us as we bring the joyful music of Christmas alive through song!  This celebration of Jesus’ birth will feature our WCC Music Ministry Adult Choirs leading familiar carols, new favorites, and even a few surprises. We’ll also welcome our Joyful Noise Adult Handbell Choir as we journey to Bethlehem together. A festive morning for all ages.

Wednesday, December 19
Offsite— Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Dwelt: What does it mean for Jesus to move into our neighborhood this holiday season? In what ways do we prepare our homes for all the fun, and festivities, for the hustle of families, and the onslaught of parties and meals?  Better yet, this Advent season how are you making your life?  With every action, with every word, we make our lives better or worse. But here’s the beauty of what we believe this Advent season. Not only are we making our lives but the spirit of God is making her life with us. So let’s mark this season with a Party! Let’s celebrate Jesus coming to town. Join us December 19 for Holy Spirits: Dwelt. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Location to be announced soon. Come early to eat and hang out!

Thursday, December 20, 12 noon and 7:00 p.m., Chapel

The celebrations of this holy season have a way of shining light on our griefs, fears, and longings, so that we feel them more deeply.  We invite you into the simple warmth and beauty of this Advent Candlelight Worship.  Through scripture, prayers, music and message, we offer you the gift of a time to reflect on the comfort and hope of this season – for you, for those you love, for the wider world.  This special service will be led by our Pastoral Care clergy and Tapestry musicians.

Friday, December 21, 5:00 p.m. in the Courtyard Labyrinth
Light the Labyrinth is a new Christmas event that will awaken us to the light of Jesus entering our world. You will be encouraged to engage your shadows and your own light, and how you perceive each of them. 

This event will draw on the parallels to your own day-to-day life… the way in which the shadows of your life change during the course of the day, and how the atmosphere of a space changes depending entirely on how we share our light. Hosted on the winter solstice— also known as midwinter— we will prepare the way of the light breaking into our darkness. Join us as we sing Advent hymns, walk, and light the labyrinth.

with the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir
Sunday, December 23, 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
If you are going to be out of town on Christmas Eve, or you are just ready to celebrate Jesus’ birth in a festive way a little early, join us in the Sanctuary for Rock the Manger! This very special time of worship will feature music by our amazing friends from the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, an inspiring Christmas message, and will close with candle lighting and singing of Silent Night. All are welcome. * Childcare available for Birth-PreK.

5 Areas of Focus: Mission Sunday


Mission Sunday is November 11!
Our Mission & Outreach Board has established WCC’s 5 Areas of Focus for mission, and several of our mission partners will be in Founders Hall and the Colonnade between services, sharing these 5 Areas of Focus and explaining volunteer opportunities for involvement. Stop by and find out more about:

Cranberry Ridge
Families Moving Forward
Neighborhood Program, Kimberly Meadows
Interfaith Outreach Sleep Out

Loaves & Fishes
Feeding the Hungry
Sandwich Making
Feed My Starving Children
Food Drives

Rummage Sale
Thimble Bees
My Very Own Bed

Nicaragua E2
Tutoring Help @ Kimberly Meadows
Opportunity International

Music & Memory (seniors)
Mental Health
We Can Ride
Minneapolis Crisis Nursery