Christmas Pageant Worship Service

Save the date: December 17, The Jesse Tree Pageant Worship Service

“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots” Isaiah 11:1

A peaceful kingdom, ruled by a descendant of King David (who was the son of Jesse) is prophesied in Isaiah 9:1-7 and Isaiah 11: 1-9. Traditionally, Christians interpret this prophecy to be about Jesus. The Jesse Tree illustrates Jesus’ genealogy and his ancestor’s stories in the Hebrew Scriptures.

Dating back to the 11th century, the Jesse Tree became a popular subject of Christian art in the middle ages.  It was found in many contexts – stained glass, carvings, paintings, needlework and illuminated manuscripts.  At a time when few Christians could read, the Jesse Tree was a visual aid for teaching and learning Bible stories.

This year our Christmas Pageant is truly an Advent pageant; it is about waiting for the Prince of Peace through many generations, and includes seven dramatic lessons based on Old Testament stories.  We need people of all ages to bring these stories to life.  If you would like to sign up as a family or as an adult individual, send Beth an email at education@firstchurchwilliamstown.org.  Most roles are short and lines do not have to be memorized.

Upcoming calendar:

  • November 26,
    • 10:15 – 11:00 Sunday school – Preparing for Christmas with Advent Traditions, make a Jesse tree.
    • 11:00 – 11:30 Fellowship time honoring Rick Spaulding.
  • December 3,
    • 10:15 – 11:00 am Sunday school – Music and storytelling with drama;
    • 11:30 – 12:30 pm Pageant props and sets workshop with lunch.
  • December 10,
  • 10:15 – 11:00 am Sunday school – Music and storytelling with drama;
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Pageant props and sets workshop with lunch.
  • December 16,
    • 10:00 – 12:00 pm Pageant Rehearsal for wranglers and speaking roles
  • December 17,
    • 9:00 – 9:30 am Jr Choir and pageant cast warm up;
    • 10:00 – 11:00 am Jesse Tree Pageant Worship Service;
    • 11:00 -11:30 am catered luncheon;
    • 11:30 – 1:30 pm Children’s candle making workshop concurrent with the annual budget meeting.
    • Nursery open till end of budget meeting.
  • December 24, 5:00 pm Christmas Eve worship service. No Sunday school, nursery open.
  • December 31, Hymn Sing Sunday, No Sunday School, Nursery closed.