Advent 2018

O Holy Night: Stories From the Manger

Have you ever stood under the night sky, looked up, and felt like you were part of a larger story? Have you had a dark-night-of-the-soul holy encounter that led you down another path? Have you had a holy moment that you didn’t recognize, but looking back it changed the course of your life? This Advent we will explore the cast of characters who come to the manger of the Christ child. Each character had a holy night encounter that led them to journey to the Christ child. They didn’t get there by chance, but were invited by the divine into a story bigger than their own. It is our hope that we will come to discover our stories in their stories;  rediscover their call as our shared call and journey. We look forward to walking this expectant and holy season with you.

advent Worship

First Sunday in Advent 
Sunday, December 2
Rev. Dr. Ted Wardlaw, president of Austin Theological Seminary, will be our guest preacher at 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Blue Christmas
Monday, December 3 at 7 p.m.
For many, Christmas is a time when we need reassurance and comfort in the face of grief, loss, illness and other times of sorrow and uncertainty. This service, led by Rev. Matthew Ruffner and Rev. Mark Brainerd, is a time of quiet reflection, meaningful words, and music to seek comfort, hope and wholeness rooted in the good news of “God With Us: Emmanuel!” 

Second Sunday in Advent 
Sunday, December 9
Rev. Matthew Ruffner preaching in the morning, and Worship at Five will be lay-led.

Third Sunday in Advent (Christmas Music Sunday)
Sunday, December 16
Join us as the Sanctuary Choir and a professional orchestra offer glorious Christmas music. The music will feature a brand new Christmas commission of a suite of Christmas Carols commissioned from Ryan Murphy, the Associate Director of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Rev. Matthew Ruffner preaching.

Fourth Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 23
Rev. Sarah Are preaching in the morning, Rev. Jessie Light-Wells preaching at Worship at Five.

New Year's Worship
Sunday, December 30
There will be two services, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

Christmas Eve worship

Family Service
4 p.m.
Children are invited to come early and join the throng of angels, shepherds, and kings as the Christmas story is told in the service. No preparation is required, costumes are provided. Everyone participates as we sing familiar carols.  

Traditional Lessons and Carols
6 and 8 p.m.
Our traditional service featuring the Sanctuary Choir, orchestra, lessons and carols.

Candlelight Communion Service
10 p.m.
A warm way to wind down your Christmas Eve, the 10pm service will feature a string quartet and candlelight, and all will be invited to partake in communion.  

All services will be live streamed at Our 8 p.m. service will be broadcast on WRR 101.1. Childcare available at all services except 10 p.m.


December 2 at 5 p.m.
Our Advent Celebration at PHPC kicks off with the beloved Candlelight Carolfest, a time-honored tradition featuring the Sanctuary Choir and Ringers, Children’s Choirs, organ, and congregational song.  Join us as we mark the beginning of Advent with wonderful music! After Carolfest, make your way to Jubilee Hall to warm up with grilled cheese sandwiches and soup!

Andrea Bocelli Concert
December 5
The PHPC Sanctuary Choir will back up Andrea Bocelli on his sold-out tour stop in Dallas!

The Thread Young Adult Christmas Party
December 7
Calling all young adults (20-39) for a holiday get together! We will kick-start the Christmas season with tacky Christmas sweaters, a gift exchange, and time together.  

S’mores at Worship at Five
December 9 at 6 p.m.
Stick around after Worship at Five for fellowship around a campfire with all the fixings for s’mores! We’ll pause in a busy season for a time of rest and warmth and community-building. 

Junior High Lock-In
December 14
One of the most beloved traditions in the Youth House is the Christmas lock-in! We will decorate Christmas cookies, have a Christmas movie marathon, play silly games, stay up far too late, and squeeze as much holiday cheer into 24 hours as possible. All Junior high students (7th & 8th grade) are invited to attend! 

Christmas Pipings: A Holiday Concert  
December 17 at 7 p.m.
Ryan Anthony, principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, joins Gary Beard, organ/piano, and PHPC’s
Artist-in-Residence Bradley Hunter Welch for a free (offering collected) 70-minute concert featuring all your favorite Christmas favorites!

Men’s Breakfast 
December 18
All are welcome at the Christmas Men’s Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.! Join us for eggs Benedict and hear WFAA’s Paige McCoy Smith. Please register at the church office. $10/person.

Senior High Lock-In
December 21
We'll start with some good ole’ fashioned Christmas caroling, which both senior and junior high are invited to attend! After caroling around town, the senior high will head back to the youth house for a gift exchange, Christmas games, hot cocoa, cookie decorating and more! 


Austin Seminary Lectures: Dr. Suzie Park
December 9 at 9:30 a.m. in Jubilee Hall B
Dr. Suzie Park, Associate Professor of Old Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will teach on “Shepherds and Leadership in Israel” as it connects to the significance of shepherds in the Christmas story.

Advent Devotional
PHPC pastors, staff and members have written a daily reflection and prayer. This will appear in your inbox every morning if you receive our emails! Contact if you wish to be put on the list.


Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services Christmas Party 
December 8 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Youth House
PHPC Kids is hosting a Christmas Party for PCHAS foster families. This will be an opportunity for the families to connect with each other while engaging in festive activities. Volunteers are needed to set-up, facilitate activity stations and clean-up. 

Alternative Gift Market
Visit our Alternative Gift Market in the Atrium each Sunday through December 23 to purchase a gift of hope for loved ones and in support of our ministry partners who seek to be a light in the lives of many. Special gifts from our Malawi, Refugee, and Epiphany ministries will be available!  There will be opportunities to sign up to give the gift of time in service to:

Vickery Meadow Festival of Lights on Tuesday, December 4, 5-7 p.m.

Literacy Achieves Kids’ Christmas Store on Saturday, December 8, 1-3 p.m.


Christmas Decorating
The church flower committee is looking for volunteer elves to help with the Christmas decorating on Saturday, December 1, 9 a.m. to noon.  If you would enjoy being a part of adorning the church for the holiday season we would love for you to join us.  Please contact Ann O’Hara at   or 469-374-0421.