The Art of Advent: Seven Centuries of Great Sacred Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Please join me in celebrating Epiphany with as we join friends from Overbrook Presbyterian at the Art Museum next Sunday (1/6/19) from 1:30 – 3:00 for “The Art of Advent: Seven Centuries of Great Sacred Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” Join Peter Seidel, art teacher and Overbrook member, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (“Pay What You Wish” Sunday) to consider the reason for the season!
Please gather on the 2nd floor balcony of the Great Hall.

 Peter is a now-retired former Friends’ Central colleague of ours who does a wonderful job talking about art. I’ve had the privilege of learning from Peter at a few Barnes exhibits, where he has enriched all of us with his insights. Please email me at if you are interested in going on the 6th.


Christmas Eve

Join us for our Christmas Eve service on December 24th at 5 pm for a special worship service of Carols and Lessons! This year we are pleased to announce that Harcapella will be performing prior to the service, beginning at 4:45 pm, so plan to get your seat early! In addition, Elyssa Gilmar will be playing the cello and as always the wonderful singers in the GPC Community Choir will be leading us in song. Bring friends, family, neighbors and even strangers to this wonderful celebration.

Calendar and Birthdays


Tuesday, December 18th:

10 am Bible Study: Book of Revelation

Thursday, December 20th:

7:30 pm Men’s Group

Sunday, December 23rd:

9:45 am Christian Education

11 am Worship: 4th Sunday of Advent, Pastor Todd Stavrakos preaching

Sermon: The Reality of Love


Micah 5:2–5a A ruler will come from Bethlehem; he will be the one of peace.

Luke 1:39–45 (46–55) Mary visits Elizabeth; the child in Elizabeth’s womb leaps for joy.

Monday, December 24th:

5 pm Christmas Eve Service



December 22nd:

Todd Stavrakos

December 31st:

Nancy Holm

Christmas Flowers


Over the next two Sundays, you will have a chance to dedicate Christmas flowers for loved ones. Cost this year is $20. Please complete the bulletin insert and leave at the church office.

Can there be good in news?

Sermon: Can there be good in news?


Zephaniah 3:14–20 Rejoice and sing. God will redeem you and restore your fortunes.

Luke 3:7–18 John warns of God’s wrath and proclaims the good news.

Calendar of Events


Monday, December 10th:

7 – 9 pm Interfaith Conversations about Israel and Palestine at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, December 11th:

10 am Bible Study: Book of Revelation

Noon Knit or Knot holiday lunch at the Hudson’s

7 pm Session

Thursday, December 13th:

6:30 pm Women’s Book Group Christmas Party

Saturday, December 15th:

Caroling: TBD

Sunday, December 16th:

9:45 am GPC Community Breakfast

11 am Worship: 3rd Sunday of Advent, Pastor Todd Stavrakos preaching

Tuesday, December 18th:

10 am Bible Study: Book of Revelation




Prayers for the Week of December 10th

Prayers for continued healing for Peter and his eyesight.

Prayers of joy for Veronica’s safe return from Arizona.

Prayers for Aisha and Victoria as they struggle with issues of identity and finding their own way in the world.

Prayers of support for Pete as he prepares for surgery.

Prayers of healing to Terry as he continues to suffer discomfort.

Prayers of recovery for Gail as she recovers from wrist surgery.

Prayers of healing and comfort to Nancy who continues to struggle with cancer.

Prayers of celebration for the victory won in Philadelphia for a fair working wage.

Prayers for those seeking to create a beloved community.

Peace comes from within

Sermon: Peace comes from within


Malachi 3:1–4 The Lord is like a refining fire; God’s messenger will prepare the way.

Luke 3:1–6 In the wilderness John cries out: Prepare the way of the Lord.



Advent Activities

Sunday, December 2nd:

First Sunday of Advent

Thursday, December 6th:

4-8 pm Alternative Gift Market at 10,000 Villages

Saturday, December 8th:

9 – Noon Advent Retreat

Sunday, December 9th:

Noon: Advent Luncheon and Greening of the Sanctuary

Thursday, December 13th:

6 pm Women’s Book Club Christmas Dinner

Saturday, December 15th:

4 pm Caroling

Monday, December 24th:

5 pm Christmas Eve Service

Sunday, January 6th:

11 am Epiphany Pageant