FIRST CONGREGATIONAL

UNITED CHURCH
OF CHRIST
INDIANAPOLIS

No matter who you are,

or where you are 

on life's journey,

you are welcome here!


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Spiritual Practices for Advent

Explore the journeys fellow members are taking this month

December 17

Music Festival

During our 11:00 a.m. worship service, we celebrate Christ's birth with music from our Bell Choir, New Creation Ensemble, choir, and instrumentalists. 

December 24

Christmas Eve Services


11:00 a.m. - Worship service celebrating the Fourth Sunday of Advent

No 5:30p.m. evening New Creation worship


7:00 p.m. - Celebrate the birth of Christ with a celebration of lessons and carols, cello and harp, choir and the singing of 'Silent Night' by candle light.


10:00 p.m. - Celebrate the birth of Christ with lessons, carols, and communion while accompanied by a Jazz Combo and Quartet. 

COME VISIT

VISIT THIS SUNDAY

 11AM & 5:30PM

All are welcome!

Visit us and sing along as we lift our voices up to God in praise.


Traditional worship starts at 11:00 AM

New Creation worship begins at 5:30 PM


We look forward to seeing you!

Worship Themes this Month

Traditional Service 11a.m.

December 3

Join the story

There is a reason why the various Christmas stories are so popular: people join the story, place themselves in it.  A contemplative reading of Luke 2:1-20 to which we are invited to place ourselves in the story.

December 10

Awe! 

At a time of great misery, God acts.  As is usual with God, divine action requires human participation and Mary chooses to be a vehicle for God’s work.  How are we vehicles for God’s work? Luke 1:46-55.

December 17

​​​​​​​Music Festival

Praise and Thanksgiving!

The angels sang, so can we!  Luke 2:8-14.  Our Bell Choir, Choir, New Creation Ensemble and organ lead us in a celebration of the birth of Christ.  This is a time to bring your friends and families!

December 24

Christmas Eve

Join Jesus’ movement

The point is not the baby, the point is where the baby takes us. Mark 1:9-18 serves to direct our attention to Jesus’ call to us

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December 31

Life Hacks 

Social media and magazines are filled with what are called ‘life hacks’---ways of doing something well that aren’t widely known.  A life hack for college students might be ’10 ways to fund your education without borrowing.’  On the day before New Years, what ‘life hacks’ does our faith give us?  Proverbs 1:1-7; John 1:43-46


Worship Themes this Month

New Creation Service 5:30p.m.

In Advent we will launch a journey to hope as we prepare for the birth of Jesus.  We will use the literary trope of the Magi setting forth from the mountains of Persia in search of the One whose star they had seen at its rising.  Themes of this journey include:

December 3

If we are seeking Christ and not just sitting here, what do we need to do? What are we packing for this journey?  We will identify aspects of our lives that we want to leave behind and the hope that we have for the future.

December 10

John the Baptist went into the desert and ate  locusts and wild honey so that he could be ritually pure and totally open to God.  We take this as a challenge: what do we need to do to be totally open to God?

December 17

The story of Mary is the story of a young woman whose journey of faith led her to be open to God’s purpose for her life.  What’s our purpose?  How do we say ‘Yes!’ to God?

December 24

Christmas Eve

No 5:30 p.m. New Creation service.

7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight service

10 p.m. Jazz service with candlelight carols and communion.

December 31

According to Luke’s Gospel, after Jesus’ birth his parents brought him to the Temple in Jerusalem for presentation.  It was an ordinary trip, but Anna and Simeon recognized the work of God in their presence. 

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