Dear family and friends of First Pres,
Grace and peace to you my friends! On this third Sunday of Advent, we will light the candle of joy in all three worship services. Our lectionary passages will provide other voices of rejoicing and hope for a world where the blind will see, the hungry will eat, the prisoners will be set free and justice will prevail. In Luke 1:46b-55, we find Mary’s song of praise to God. It has come to be known as The Magnificat due to the first word of its Latin translation, Magnificat anima mea Dominum: my soul magnifies the Lord. This is cause for rejoicing, and yet we wonder, how did this happen? How can this be? How did Mary respond? And how shall we respond?
On Monday night our new elders and deacons shared their faith journeys with the Session and Board of Deacons. It was a wonderful evening and another cause for rejoicing, as women and men did indeed magnify our Lord with their resounding ‘yes(s)’! We look forward to our Ordination/Installation service of Elders and Deacons in January.
Finally, another cause for rejoicing is that our annual Christmas concert is this Sunday, December 15th at 4pm in the Sanctuary! Invite your friends to come with you to our Christmas concert featuring The Cathedral Choir and members of The Symphony of the Americas. Both new music and traditional favorites will be included in the program, including music by John Rutter, Randol Alan Bass, Leonard Bernstein, G. F. Handel, and selections from the movie “Home Alone” by John Williams.
Our friends in the Music Department have provided their own sneak peek here! Admission is free; however, a free-will offering will be received. See you there!
Grace and peace,