Unwrapped: The Surprising  Gifts of Advent

Unwrapped: The Surprising  Gifts of Advent

Unwrapped: The Surprising  Gifts of Advent

This Advent season we will focus on some surprising gifts that come to us if we are able to be patient, still, and pay attention. 

Traditionally, when we think of Advent, we immediately call to mind Mary, Joseph, and the angel Gabriel.  But in the Gospel of Luke, Zechariah and Elizabeth are the first two people we meet in the Advent narrative.  They’ll be our guides in this journey through Advent and will teach us about the living in the pain of unanswered prayers, the power of silence and simplicity, the blessing of life-giving relationships, and the promise of God to make a way, even when it seems no way is to be found. 

Advent Events

Gifts of Hope
December 3 – 29 | Online 

University Christian Church will once again help you celebrate the holiday season by offering truly unique gifts through our alternative giving market, Gifts of Hope. Honor your loved ones by giving the gift that
transforms lives!

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Midweek Advent Reflection
6:30 pm | in the Chapel

For three Wednesdays during Advent, we will gather in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd to reflect on scripture and beloved Advent hymns. The Chapel will be available at 6:15 for a time of quiet meditation and the service will begin at 6:30. Preschool childcare is available.
Contact Rev. Shannon Moore for more information.

Contact Rev. Shannon Moore 

Christmas Angels Wrap Night

December 10 | 5 pm | in Walker Hall

Christmas Angels is a long standing UCC outreach ministry. We are grateful for your contributions that make this ministry possible year after year. Through monetary gifts provided by our UCC family, we have collectively benefited hundreds of children in our community each year. Donations of all amounts make an impact and are appreciated. Approximately $100.00 provides a gift bag that gives each child a new coat, sweatshirt, jeans, shoes, socks, underwear, a toy,
a book and a Bible.

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Christmas Concert “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!”

December 14 | 7 pm | in the Sanctuary

Join the Chancel Choir, all three handbell choirs, pipe organ, and trumpets in our beautifully decorated Sanctuary for this joyous concert. Led by our choirmasters and organists, familiar carols and new festive music will provide the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. In addition, TCU’s new Director of Jazz Studies, Allen Cordingley, will add some gospel flare on the alto saxophone. Admission is free. Gloria in excelsis Deo!

While Christmas songs old and new fill every public space this season, the church sings about waiting and watching and preparing the way for the arrival of God-with-us.” Join the conversation with Kera, Renee and Shannon as Formation explores Advent hymns and the scriptures that mark our journey to Bethlehem.


Since 1915, ACH Child & Family Services has been protecting children and preserving families in Fort Worth. Their programs are designed to prevent child abuse, neglect, and family separate and help heal and treat children already impacted by these tragedies. University Christian Church is proud to partner with ACH and dedicate our 2023 Christmas Eve Offering to this outstanding organization.

Advent Worship Series

Christmas Eve Services



January 6 | 3 pm & 5 pm | in the Sanctuary
January 7 | 3 pm & 5 pm | in the Sanctuary

Experience the journey of the magi to pay homage to the Christ Child as the story would have been celebrated in the 14th century. Enjoy the enchanting experience with UCC Chancel Choir, Youth Bell Choirs, and Fort Worth Civic Orchestra. Limited reserved seating will be on sale for $15 beginning Monday, November 27, by calling 817-926-6631. As always, there are hundreds of free seats available.

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