Montesano Presbyterian Church exists to Know, Love, and Serve Jesus Christ
Regular Church Events
  • Every Wednesday ~ 6:30 p.m. ~ Family Bible Study
  • Every Thursday ~ 7:00 a.m. ~ Men's Bible Study
  • Every Friday ~ 11:30 a.m. ~ Women's Bible Study
Church Events
Events on January 27, 2021
Wednesday Bible Study
Starts: 6:30 pm
Ends: January 27, 2021 - 7:30 pm
Description: Youth and Adult Bible Study
Events on January 28, 2021
Men's Bible Study
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: January 28, 2021 - 8:00 am
Description: All men of the Church are invited to this weekly event
Events on January 29, 2021
Women's Bible Study
Starts: 11:30 am
Ends: January 29, 2021 - 12:30 pm
Events on January 31, 2021
Worship
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: January 31, 2021 - 11:00 am
Fellowship Hour
Starts: 11:15 am
Ends: January 31, 2021 - 12:15 pm

Advent Newsletter

Three Kings came riding on camel back, three kings came riding, on a journey far from home in God’s love abiding. Hark, the herald angel sing, “Glory to the newborn King; Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinner reconciled. The first noel the angels did say, was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay. Said the night wind to the to the little lamb, do you see what I see? Songs that make our hearts experience the joy of Christmas. Songs that we hear only during the month of December but songs that truly change the way we think and feel about life and our faith. These are Christmas Carols and they make Christmas special; the truth is, Christmas wouldn’t be the same with out them. Christmas carols date back to medieval Europe and pagan habits of the winter solstice. These tribes of people believed that every change of season rituals were needed to help survive the winter, assist with hunting and gathering to sustain them through the winter. These ceremonies would include the reading of a script and of course singing and dancing; thus the word carole in French means to sing and dance. Once Christianity began to spread through Europe, pagan traditions were replaced by Christian observances; the church or the priesthood began to recognize many of the practices as taboo. One of the earliest carols was a song titled the Hymn of the Angels or Gloria in Excelsis. The song details the words of the angels after the announcement of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. One Roman bishop, Telesphorus, firmly believed that the song should be used during a Christmas service in Rome in AD 129. In 1223 Francis of Assis began creating and recreating the scenes of Christ’s birth with drawings, of animals and he even coordinated and directed what he called nativity scenes to reenact the scriptures to make them a “real experience” for all to witness. As popularity of the scenes grew, villagers came from all around to watch and take in the experience. Soon they would incorporate lessons and carols, lessons to teach the people of the nativity story and carols to sing and rejoice to as they watched. This idea quickly spread to France, Spain, and Germany before spreading further afield in Europe then on to America and the new world. Today our nativity and our Christmas Eve service is filled with the same creativity of the nativity, we will close with the tradition of Silent Night and the lighting of candles and singing outside the church the carole of Silent Night which was written by Father Joseph Mohr who arguably wrote the words to the best-known Christmas carol of all time. In 1818, Franz Xavier Gruber, a local schoolteacher, and Mohr’s friend provided the music for his lyrics. This collaboration arrived just in time for the Church’s Christmas service in the Austrian town of Oberndorf. The arrangement was originally meant for the guitar, but after several years of effort, someone created another version for the church organ. However, legend has it that during rehearsals, the organ suffered damage and was unable to produce a single note. Mohr agreed to perform the carol by guitar. Isn’t it funny how the best laid out plans can return to simple things that produce the most memorable events in history? This tradition of a nativity and the singing of carols has been done throughout the church for 1500 years. I hope you all get to come out and see and experience the wonder of Christmas and the joy of the child King. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Patrick

Thursday, December 24

Christmas Eve CandleLight Service ~ 6:00 p.m.

Masks required.  Please let us know, if possible, if you plan on attending so that we can accommodate everyone safely.  Merry Christmas

 

Worship Schedule

Worship ~ 10:00 a.m.

Mailing Address ~ P.O. Box 110
201 McBryde Ave. E.

Montesano, WA. 98563

Church Office 360-249-3845

Guests

If you are a first time guest, or a returning guest, welcome to the Montesano Presbyterian Church!

In the pew rack you will find a welcome card. Please take a moment to fill the card out so that we can get to know you better. Either drop the card in the offering plate, or hand it to one of the Welcome Team.

And Please, join us for coffee hour following the service.

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