Hope for a weary world

Advent 2023


The world’s weariness abounds. It seems to be everywhere and in everything. Unattended, this weariness settles deep into our bodies, creating exhaustion, resentment, apathy and possibly even despair. Advent is a season when God fully embraces all that we are — our weariness included. We hope you’ll join us this season in reflecting on how the incarnational presence of Jesus offers hope for a weary world.


Celebration of the Green

Sunday, Dec. 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Sanctuary | Kick off the season with Christmas music from Wilshire’s choirs and ensembles: Sanctuary Choir, Nova, Youth Choir, Shekinah, New Song, Carillon Ringers, Wilshire Winds and Children’s Choirs.

Parents Night Out: Friday, Dec. 8

  • Children’s Christmas Party | First through sixth graders are invited to the home of Timothy Peoples and Valerie Lott for cookie decorating and festive fun, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Preschool Parents Night Out | Free childcare at Wilshire for infants through kindergarten from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Registration required for the above by Dec. 3.

Christmas Pageant

Wednesday, Dec. 13 | 6 p.m. | Sanctuary | Kindergarten, Pre-K and Three Year Old choirs will be in costume as they sing and act out the nativity. Also featuring Children’s Choirs and the new Wilshire Bells handbell group.

Dec. 17 choral music

Morning worship on Sunday, Dec. 17, will feature Sanctuary Choir and chamber orchestra in a presentation of Magnificat by the American composer Mark Hayes.

Adventurers theater outing

Sunday, Dec. 17 | 2 p.m. | Wilshire Adventurers will head to the theater on Sunday, Dec. 17 for a matinee presentation of the musical White Christmas at Richardson’s Courtyard Theater. $31.50 per person. Adventurers is a fellowship group for those 60 and above. Registration required by Dec. 13. Visit wilshirebc.org/events/adventurers-theater.

Blue Christmas service

Sunday, Dec. 17 | 4 p.m. | McIver Chapel | A contemplative service for those carrying pain or loss during this season of celebration.

Beer & Carols

Sunday, Dec. 17 | 5–7 p.m. | Oak Highlands Brewery | Carol singalong with a live band led by Associate Pastor Darren DeMent. Mark McKenzie’s jazz trio will also perform.

Christmas Eve: Sunday, Dec. 24

No Sunday School or morning worship.
4 p.m. Christmas Eve family service.
11 p.m. Christmas Eve liturgical service with Lord’s Supper. Youth Choir and alumni singing.
Note: On Sunday, Dec. 31, we will offer worship at 11 a.m. and no Sunday School.