“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:11
Advent commemorates the first coming of Christ at Christmas and includes the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. We invite you to celebrate this Advent season with us, by joining us during our month of Christmas celebrations.
Christmas Events at Abyssinian Baptist Church
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Handel’s Messiah – Part 1
One of the masterpieces of choral repertoire, George Frideric Handel’s Messiah is the most frequently performed work in the English language. With text from Job, Malachi, Isaiah, the Psalms, Luke’s Gospel and Revelations, Messiah heralds the life of our Savior Jesus Christ, from the Old Testament prophecy of his coming to his birth, life and ministry and his passion, crucifixion and resurrection.
9:00 AM and 11:30 AM Worship Service
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
No Mid-Week Manna Service
Thursday, December 24, 2015
in the Sanctuary
Come to Abyssinian for an evening of worship and fellowship as we celebrate “Christmas in Harlem.”
Celebrate the birth of Christ with uplifting worship, an inspiring message, and warm fellowship.
Fellowship Hour: Join us after service for light refreshments, and a chance to share in the spirt of the season.
All are welcome!
Friday, December 25, 2015
in the Sanctuary
It is often presumed that Watch Night is a traditional Christian worship service, but it is not. In America’s African-American community, Watch Night carries a special meaning. History provides two events that explain the origin of Watch Night in African American churches:
Centuries ago, slaves on southern plantations gathered on New Year’s Eve because their owners customarily settled business accounts on the first day of the New Year. In those days, land, furnishings, and humans were sold to satisfy debts. As a result, enslaved families and friends considered December 31st as potentially their final opportunity to see, or be with loved one.
The Watch Night service we observe today has political and historical significance. This Watch Night, or Freedom’s Eve, first occurred on December 31, 1862. On that night, African Americans gathered in homes and in churches awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln 99 days before had become law (on the 100th day) and all slaves in the Confederate states were free. This proclamation decreed “all persons held as slaves within any State, or any designated part of a rebellious State, shall be henceforward and forever free.”
Today we gather on Watch Night to watch, pray and thank God for his many wonderful blessings toward Abyssinian Baptist Church and observe the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation which granted liberty to our enslaved ancestors.
December 31, 2015 marks the 153rd anniversary of Watch Night.
Learn more about Watch Night:
Friday, January 1, 2016
New Year’s Day