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Draw Near: The Advent & Christmas season at Metropolitan

Called to bear the weight and fruit of promise, Mary sings ancient trust—the song of generations— that the hungry will be filled, the humble will be lifted high and the proud brought low. She sings that love and truth will meet, that peace and justice will flow.

  • Prelude: Excerpts from 15 Pieces Founded on Antiphons, op. 18 (Dupré)
  • Readings: Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:18-25
  • Anthems: 
    •  Ave Maria (Dett)    
    • Magnificat in C, op. 115 (Stanford)
  • Sermon: “When the Moment of Crisis Comes” (Rev. Mark Aitchison)
  • Offertory Solo: Rejoice greatly, from Messiah (Handel)
  • Postlude: Carillon de Westminster, op. 53 no. 6 (Vierne)


The cornerstone of our week, worship at 11am is offered under the leadership of The Rev. Jason Francis Meyers, The Rev. Mark Aitchison, Jim Harbell, Minister of Music Dr. Jonathan Oldengarm, Wayne C. Vance Organ Scholar Joshua Duncan Lee and members of the Metropolitan Choir.

Masking is optional when attending worship. Information on health protocols can be found here.

The service is livestreamed at and on YouTube beginning at approximately 10:40-10:45am.

Past services can be found on the Sermons & Livestreams page.