Community of Joy Lutheran Church, 841 Saratoga Dr. NE in Rio Rancho. Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst (a German Christmas Service in German with traditional Christmas hymns – 5 p.m. 505-896-2543.
Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 4800 Indian School NE. Advent 2015 – 11:00 a.m. The church year season of Advent is a time of waiting that recalls the first coming of Jesus at Christmas and anticipates the return of Jesus at the end of history. Our series of services this year focuses on Isaiah 40.
First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust St. NE. Children & Families Service – 5 p.m.; Pre-service Organ Concert – 7:30 p.m.; Candlelight Service – 8 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 300 Gold Ave. SE. Regular Worship Service with Holy Communion – 8:15 a.m. Pastor Walquist’s message is “Bethlehem: An Object Lesson,” based on Micah 5:2-5a. Las Posadas Sunday School Service at 9:45 a.m. beginning in the courtyard and the procession will conclude inside the church with participation in the regular 10:45 a.m. Worship Service.
Sombra Del Monte Christian Church, 2525 Vermont St. NE. Children’s Christmas Program – 10:30 a.m. Join us for a special telling of Jesus’ birth during our Sunday worship service. After worship, enjoy lunch/fellowship and get your picture taken with Santa.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 5301 Ponderosa Blvd. NE. Worship service – Whom are we called to love? – 9:30 a.m. The service will include the “Festival of Carols” cantata by the choir and instrumentalists. Come as you are – you will be loved.
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul Blvd. NE. Gloria! Joyous Sounds of the Season – 3 p.m. Join the Albuquerque Civic Chorus as we present Gloria! Joyous Sounds of the Season, an eclectic selection of holiday music, from solemn to silly. Tickets are $10 for adults, children under 5 are free. For additional information, visit abqchorus.org.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Place NE. St. Mark’s Christmas Pageant – 5 p.m. All are welcomes to join our annual fun and entertaining Christmas Pageant!
St. Michael’s Church, 601 Montano NW. Las Posadas – 5 p.m. We will gather in the Parish Hall to re-enact the story of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem; share Holy Communion; then return to the Parish Hall for a potluck supper and piñata.
Mesa View United Methodist Church, 4701 Montano NW. Blue Christmas Worship Service – 7 p.m. A service that recognizes sometimes there is pain at Christmas; a time to share and hear prayers, Scripture and music that acknowledges that God is present for those who mourn, for those who struggle, for those who feel loss or lost – and that God’s Word comes to shine a light into our darkness.
Mesa View United Methodist Church, 4701 Montano NW. Early Christmas Eve Worship Service – 7 p.m. Traditional Christmas Eve service for those working or out of town on Christmas Eve. Every Christmas Eve service ends with the traditional lighting of candles and singing of Silent Night.
St. Michael’s Church, 601 Montano NW. Light Into Darkness Service – 7 p.m. For some, the holidays are a time of grief and loneliness, or longing for quiet and peace. In this contemplative service we recognize the quiet miracle of the light that shines in our darkness, and share healing prayer and Holy Communion.
THURSDAY, CHRISTMAS EVE
All Saints Lutheran Church, 4800 All Saints NW. Candlelight Worship with Holy Communion and Hallelujah Ringers – 3 p.m.; Candlelight Worship with Holy Communion and Youth Choir – A Service of Lessons and Carols – 5 p.m.; All Saints Choir Presentation – O Come, Emmanuel – 8:30 p.m.; and Candlelight Worship with Holy Communion and All Saints Choir – 9 p.m.
Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. NE. Christmas and Caring Service in the Chapel for those who have suffered a loss – 10 a.m. (A reception will be held in the gathering area following the 10 a.m. service); A Family Christmas Traditional Service in the Sanctuary with Holy Communion – 1 p.m.; New Day Contemporary Service in the Life Center featuring contemporary music led by the No Boundaries Praise Band – 6 p.m.; Lessons And Carols Worship Service in the Sanctuary featuring the Chancel Choir, Sinfonia and candlelight – 8 p.m. Candlelight and Communion Worship in the Sanctuary to welcome Christmas Day – 11 p.m.
Christ the King Anglican Church, 529 Jefferson St. NE. Christmas Eve Family Service, Pageant and Eucharist – 6 p.m.; and Candlelight Service and Eucharist – 8 p.m.
Faith In Christ Lutheran Church, 1750 Faith Ct. NE. Christmas Eve Services – 7 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.
Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 4800 Indian School NE. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 6 p.m. Our Advent series of messages based on Isaiah 40 finds its fulfillment in Jesus, the one whose birth we celebrate on Christmas Eve.
First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust St. NE. Children & Families Worship Service in the Sanctuary (Choristers Children’s Choir singing: children are invited to take part in the Christmas Story (costumes are available); pre-service organ prelude in the Sanctuary – 7:30 p.m.; Candlelight Worship Service in the Sanctuary with the Chancel Choir singing – 8 p.m.; pre-service organ prelude in the Sanctuary – 10:30 p.m.; Candlelight Communion Service in the Sanctuary – 11 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 315 Coal Ave. SW. Christmas Eve Services and Holy Communion – 3 p.m.; Moravian Love Feast and Fellowship – 7 p.m.; Candlelight Christmas Service – 11 p.m. Child care will be available at each service. Come find Christmas in the heart of the city. Everyone is welcome!
Grace United Methodist Church, 420 San Lorenzo Ave. NW. Fellowship with refreshments will take place in Klassen Hall at 3 p.m.; and Christmas Eve Service – 4 p.m. Join the congregations of Cornerstone and Grace United Methodist Churches and celebrate the birth of our King.
Hope in the Desert Episcopal Church, 8700 Alameda Blvd. NE. Christmas Eve Pageant and Communion Service – 5 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 300 Gold Ave. SE. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pastor Walquist’s message is “The Wrappings of Christmas/The Wrappings of Christ,” based on Philippians 2.
Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle Blvd. SE. Christmas Eve Services – 4:30 p.m. The service is especially for children with a play, “A Not So Silent Night” by Brian Love.; Service of Lights – 11 p.m.
Los Altos Christian Church, 11900 Haines Ave. NE. Christmas Eve Service – 6 p.m. Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with a family friendly service welcoming the Christ child with the telling of the Christmas story and singing the songs of the season. Dress is casual so call your friends and family and join us.
Mesa View United Methodist Church, 4701 Montano NW. Contemporary Christmas Eve Worship Service – 5 p.m. Celebration of Christmas Eve with contemporary praise band music, ending with the tradition of lighting candles and singing of Silent Night.
Messiah Lutheran Church, 11515 Lomas Blvd. NE. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 7 p.m. Welcome the Light of the World with our candlelight service.
Monte Vista Christian Church, 3501 Campus Blvd. NE. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 7 p.m. Come and enjoy the Christmas season and share Christmas Carols and communion by candlelight.
Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living, 4374 Alexander Blvd. NE, Suite T. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 7 p.m. Call 505-224-9405 or rgcsl.org for more details.
Rio Grande Presbyterian Church, 600 Coors Blvd. NW. Lessons, Carols & Communion: A Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service – 5:30 p.m. The community is invited, all are welcome.
San Gabriel Episcopal Church, 4908 Corrales in Corrales. Christmas Eve Candlelight Eucharist – 6:30 p.m. A celebration of the birth of Jesus.
Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte NE. Family service with Scriptures, carols, drama, and candles – 4 p.m. (No child care, but the Cry Room will have a service feed); Worship service with communion and candles – 7 p.m. The message will be “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Child care available for ages 0-5.
Sombra Del Monte Christian Church, 2525 Vermont St. NE. Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service – 6:00 p.m.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 5301 Ponderosa Blvd. NE. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 7 p.m. We will celebrate Jesus’ birth in a service of candlelight, story, and song.
St. Chad’s Episcopal Church, 7171 Tennyson Dr. NE. Holy Eucharist Candlelight Service with Children’s Pageant – 5 p.m.; Choral Music Concert – 10 p.m.; and Holy Eucharist Candlelight Service with Incense – 10:30 p.m.
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 1818 Coal Place SE. Christmas Eve Mass with Children’s Pageant – 5 p.m.; Bilingual Vietnamese – English Bell Mass – 7 p.m. (Congregation participates by ringing jingle bells for each hymn).
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul Blvd. NE. Family Service with Children’s Program – 5 p.m.; Christmas Eve Service with Choir and Orchestra – 7:30 p.m.; and a Solemn & Contemplative Service – 10 p.m.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Place NE. Family Christmas Eucharist – 5 p.m.; and Candlelight Mass – 10:30 p.m. Please join us – all are welcome.
St. Michael’s Church, 601 Montano NW. Holy Communion with the children’s Christmas Pageant and carols – 5 p.m.; Holy Communion and carols with the Loose at 9 Musicians – 8 p.m. (Prelude music begins at 7:30 p.m. with a Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saens, presented by the parish choir and guest musicians.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 Indian School NE. Worship Service with candles, carols and Holy Communion – 5 p.m. and Liturgical Worship with music by the Chancel Choir – 9 p.m. For more information, see stpaulabq.org or call the church (505) 242-5942.
St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 4601 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE. Christmas Eve Candlelight Services – 4, 6, 8 and 11 p.m. Join us for Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at St. Stephen’s.
St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 425 University Blvd. NE. Christmas Pageant, Christmas Carols, Holy Eucharist – 4 p.m.; Christmas Dinner (Pot-luck) – 5:30 p.m.; Special Christmas Music – 7:30 p.m.; and Festival Eucharist (High Mass) – 8 p.m. All are welcome, including babies and children.
University Heights United Methodist Church, 2210 Silver Ave. SE. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 6 p.m.
Wellspring Anglican Church, 1201 Golf Course SE in Rio Rancho. Christmas Eve Service with Carols and Communion – 7 p.m.
Faith In Christ Lutheran Church, 1750 Faith Court NE. Christmas Services – 10:15 a.m.
Hope in the Desert Episcopal Church, 8700 Alameda Blvd. NE. Christmas Day Communion Service – 10 a.m.
St. Chad’s Episcopal Church, 7171 Tennyson Dr. NE. Christmas Day Services – 10 a.m.
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 1818 Coal Place SE. Christmas Day Bell Mass – 9 a.m. (The congregation will ring jingle bells for all hymns).