Hello Trinity Family,
Between the staff’s recording and editing schedules, various Christmas-related events, and virtual gatherings, I’ve had a hard time drawing the line of when to celebrate Advent and when to celebrate Christmas. Even though Christmas Day is December 25th, I have already been enjoying the holiday as I’ve been editing the carols for our Christmas Eve service. Tonight over Zoom, we’ll be celebrating a different event–the angel Gabriel visiting Mary. Some Christian traditions celebrate this bible story, The Annunciation, on March 25th, nine months before Christmas. However, I think that this Advent, Mary’s enthusiastic response to God provides an excellent example for us to embrace the new year and the next chapter of our church’s ministry.
For tonight’s prelude, I offer a piano arrangement of Gounod’s Ave Maria. The lyrics include:
Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women
And blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Watch, Wait, Wonder, Worship
Wednesdays in Advent, 7 pm
During this season of Advent, we invite you to join us for a live, Zoom midweek worship Wednesday December 23 at 7 pm. Our theme will be shared by many congregations across the ELCA, reminding us that even in this time of pandemic we remain a connected church. These are quiet, meditative services with intentional spaces of silence, readings, and song. To facilitate your participation, we invite you to save this Zoom link (it will be the same for each Wednesday) and to print or download the pages which will serve as your worship folder each week. With the Church of every time and place we pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
The worship materials can be found HERE.
Join Zoom Meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974416447
Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 829 7441 6447