The nights are long and the journey is slow, but the winds are changing.

Watch the sky for the signs of the promise to come. 

Turn from the worries and the distractions that obscure your view of the migrating family, as they make their way to Bethlehem. 

See the weary ones who look to the spirits and the stars for a glimpse of love and justice. 

Dream, even for just a moment, of the world to come – a world where the mighty are laid low and the weak find refuge.

This is the season of expectation, and we are expecting Jesus!

Worship Schedule

Sunday November 27, 2022
Expecting to Watch
The 1st Sunday of Advent | 10:45 am | Nave & Online
Preacher: Rev. Charlene Wingate

Adventfest | 12:30 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2022
Expecting to Turn
The 2nd Sunday of Advent | 10:45 am | Nave & Online
Preacher: Rev. Adriene Thorne

Service of Hope and Consolation | 2:00 pm | Christ Chapel

Sunday, December 11, 2022
Expecting to See
The 3rd Sunday of Advent | 10:45 am | Nave & Online
Children & Youth Christmas Pageant

Cookies & Carols | 1:00 pm | Garth

Sunday, December 18, 2022
Expecting to Dream
The 4th Sunday of Advent | 10:45 am | Nave & Online
Preacher: Rev. Adriene Thorne

Candlelight Carol Festival | 4:00 pm | Nave & Online

Saturday, December 24, 2022
Christmas Eve: Children & Families | 4:00 pm | Nave & Online

Cookies & Cocoa | 5:00 pm | South Hall

Christmas Eve: Lessons & Carols | 8:00 pm | Nave & Online

Sunday, December 25, 2022
Christmas Day | 10:45 am | Nave & Online
Preacher: Rev. Adriene Thorne

Saturday, December 31, 2022
Watch Night Worship | 11:00 pm | Nave & Online
Preacher: Rev. Co’Relous Bryant

Sunday, January 1, 2023
Epiphany Sunday | 10:45 am | Nave & Online
Preacher: Rev. Adriene Thorne

Be Still and Go: Meditations for the Movement

Join Riverside clergy, congregants, and guests each day throughout the season of Advent for short audio devotions that invite you to integrate faith and justice, action and contemplation. Each episode reflects on Advent scriptures, themes music, and poetry.

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Start the Advent season with some holiday spirit! The Education Ministry invites you to join us in South Hall immediately following the service on November 27 for advent wreath making, cookie decorating, holiday crafts for children, and joyful fellowship. The event is open to everyone!

Candlelight Carol Festival

Join us on Sunday, December 18 at 4:00 pm ET for this longstanding Riverside tradition that has become an essential part of Christmas in New York City. This service of music and light combines carillon, organ, harp, and all of the choirs of The Riverside Church, culminating in a ritual sharing of candlelight illuminating the Nave. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and a musical prelude begins at 3:00 p.m.

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