Advent Vespers

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens
Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens

During the season of Advent, Shadyside Presbyterian Church invites you to join us on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of music and reflection in our Sanctuary. These 45-minute candlelight Communion services include homilies from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary staff, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and music offered by the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, and the Pittsburgh Girls Choir. Nursery care is available.

On Wednesday, December 4, we welcome the Reverend Dr. L. Roger Owens as our guest preacher.  Rev. Dr. Owens is the Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He will deliver a homily titled, “Pondering Mary,” based on the Scripture passage of Luke 1:26-38.

Learn more about Rev. Dr. Owens or view a short video featuring his work at the seminary.

Prior to vespers, Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s Scharfe Speaker Series invites you to hear our guest speaker, the Reverend Brian Lays of Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Learn more and please RSVP to the church office to let us know you are coming.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at Shadyside Presbyterian ChurchThis beloved traditional service is preceded by a choral and orchestral prelude and concludes with a ceremony of lights while the congregation sings “Silent Night.” The extended prelude features the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and begins at 7:40 p.m.

Photograph taken by Ellen L. Allston.

Christmas Eve Family Service

Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s Nativity WindowLed by the children and youth of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, this family service celebrating the Nativity of our Lord is filled with familiar carols, costumed players, and candle lighting. The service appeals to congregants of all ages and lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Photograph: Detail of Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s Nativity Window, located at the center of the south transept in the Sanctuary. Manufactured by Tiffany Glass Company, the window was installed when the church was erected in 1890 and is the only original stained glass window remaining at the church. The window is based on the 1522 painting “The Holy Night” (also known as “The Adoration of the Shepherds”) by Correggio, who was a contemporary of Raphael. Depicted are the Infant Jesus and His mother Mary. Those surrounding the Child are illuminated by a radiance that emanates from Him. Photograph taken by Mary Jane Bent.

Advent Vespers

Artwork: Detail of Flight into Egypt © 2018 John August Swanson | EyekonsTell Us of the Night
Rev. Dr. Steven Tuell
Rev. Dr. Steven Tuell

During the season of Advent, Shadyside Presbyterian Church invites you to join us on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of music and reflection in our Sanctuary. These 45-minute candlelight Communion services include a homilies from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary professors, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and music offered by the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, and the Pittsburgh Girls Choir. Childcare is available.

On Wednesday, December 19, we welcome the Reverend Dr. Steven Tuell as our guest preacher.  Rev. Dr. Tuell is the James A. Kelso Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  He will deliver a homily titled, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” based on the Scripture passage of Micah 5:2-6.

Learn more about Rev. Dr. Tuell or view a short video featuring his work at the seminary. You may also read more about his forthcoming writings.

Artwork: Detail of Flight into Egypt © 2018 John August Swanson | Eyekons

Pittsburgh Camerata Concert

Among Angels

This seasonal concert centers on the work Among Angels, by British composer Will Todd, for two harps and a cappella double choir. The Pittsburgh Camerata also will sing choral music from the 16th to the 21st centuries evoking images of angels. The Fox Chapel High School Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Ben Murray, will join the Camerata to transport audiences to the realms of glory with angelic music for this heavenly concert.

Tickets: www.pittsburghcamerata.org or at the door

Learn more about Music in a Great Space, the concert series at Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

The Giving Tree

On Sundays, December 9 and 16, the Community Partnerships Mission Action Community (MAC) will again sponsor the Giving Tree at Shadyside Presbyterian Church on behalf of the families at Sojourner House and the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery (POWER). The tree will be decorated with special ornamental gift tags that correspond with the name of a recipient, along with pajama and slipper sizes. Please look for the Giving Tree after worship during the fellowship hour. A member of the Community Partnerships MAC will be present to register your name along with the name of the recipient. Gift-wrapped pajamas and slippers should be returned to the church by Sunday, December 23; the original gift tag should be affixed to the package. Your gift, along with your thoughts and prayers for the families of Sojourner House and POWER, are appreciated and will be a sign to them of Christ’s love this Christmas season. If you have questions about the Giving Tree, please contact Rev. Todd Leach or Deacon Lisa Iadicicco through the church office.

Advent Vespers

Artwork: Detail of Flight into Egypt © 2018 John August Swanson | EyekonsTell Us of the Night
Rev. Dr. Hunter Farrell
Rev. Dr. Hunter Farrell

During the season of Advent, Shadyside Presbyterian Church invites you to join us on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of music and reflection in our Sanctuary. These 45-minute candlelight Communion services include a homilies from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary professors, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and music offered by the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, and the Pittsburgh Girls Choir. Childcare is available.

On Wednesday, December 12, we welcome the Reverend Dr. Hunter Farrell as our guest preacher.  Rev. Dr. Farrell is the Director of World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  He will deliver a homily titled, “Experts-in-Waiting,” based on the Scripture passage of Matthew 2:13-15.

Read more about the World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Artwork: Detail of Flight into Egypt © 2018 John August Swanson | Eyekons

Lessons and Carols

A Service of Lessons and Carols

On Sunday, December 9, at 3:00 p.m., Shadyside Presbyterian Church will hold a Service of Lessons and Carols in the Sanctuary. Based on the service begun at King’s College, Cambridge, in 1918, the Service of Lessons and Carols tells the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of a Messiah, and the birth of Jesus through a series of Scripture readings, carols, hymns, and choral anthems. Please join with the pastors and the Chancel Choir as together we celebrate in word and in song the joys of the Christmas season.

Arrive early to enjoy warm beverages and desserts in the Sharp Atrium as part of the church’s community open house.

Community Open House

On Sunday, December 9, take a break from the hustle and bustle of this hectic season, and refresh your spirit in the beauty and serenity of our sacred spaces. Warm beverages and cookies will be available in the Sharp Atrium from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Join us as your schedule permits, and please invite friends and neighbors to this welcoming event. Consider returning or remaining afterward for a Service of Lessons and Carols at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

The Giving Tree

On Sundays, December 9 and 16, the Community Partnerships Mission Action Community (MAC) will again sponsor the Giving Tree at Shadyside Presbyterian Church on behalf of the families at Sojourner House and the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery (POWER). The tree will be decorated with special ornamental gift tags that correspond with the name of a recipient, along with pajama and slipper sizes. Please look for the Giving Tree after worship during the fellowship hour. A member of the Community Partnerships MAC will be present to register your name along with the name of the recipient. Gift-wrapped pajamas and slippers should be returned to the church by Sunday, December 23; the original gift tag should be affixed to the package. Your gift, along with your thoughts and prayers for the families of Sojourner House and POWER, are appreciated and will be a sign to them of Christ’s love this Christmas season. If you have questions about the Giving Tree, please contact Rev. Todd Leach or Deacon Lisa Iadicicco through the church office.