From Darkness to Light: An Advent Weeks Music Service

On Sunday, December 15, the Chancel Choir and Amethyst Strings will present the annual Weeks Music Service. This year’s lessons and carols liturgy, From Darkness to Light, uses a series of texts from Isaiah and the Gospels to describe the prophecy and coming of Christ’s Light. Reverend Canon Jeremy Davies, retired Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral, describes the concept of this liturgy thus:

“Our world is dark — despite our human ingenuity and inventiveness — and our lives are dark as well, but year by year we light a candle in a dark room, as a sacramental affirmation that God has already lit a candle in our dark world. That light of the world has a name — his name is Jesus. ‘That light was the true light that enlightens everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never overcome it.’ That is the Christian good news, that though our world is dark, a light shines. Its meaning is this: God loves us and will never leave us. That conviction gives hope to our world and to each one of us. That is the message of Advent.”

These rich themes will be expressed in a variety of music by the choir and instrumentalists, including familiar carol tunes with new Advent words, selections from Baroque cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Kuhnau, and contemporary anthems by composers Carson Cooman and Roland Martin. Progressing from the reflective to the joyful, this musical service of preparation for Christ’s coming is not to be missed!

The Weeks Music Service is made possible through the Weeks Memorial Music Endowment established by Kent and Karen Weeks in loving memory of John, Helen and Gardner Weeks.

Christmas Joy Offering

The Christmas Joy Offering has been a cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930s. The Offering distributes gifts equally to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and to Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. The Assistance Program provides critical financial support to church workers and their families. Presbyterian-related schools and colleges provide education and leadership development while nurturing racial and ethnic heritage. This has been a Presbyterian commitment for nearly 140 years. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor God’s gift of Jesus Christ by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.

The offering will be received on Sunday, December 22; please give generously. Envelopes will be available in the pew racks.

December Adult Faith Formation
Sundays at 11:20am in Wright Chapel

December 8: “ From St. Nicholas to Santa Claus: Evolution of the Christmas Man ” with Dr. Jim Butler

Adult Faith Formation offerings will return in January.

Here We Go A-Caroling

This year’s pageant worship service is on December 22. Our youth will tell the story of Christmas as they take us caroling through our traditional service in a program called That Old Familiar Carol Play. Join our talented youth and children in singing old favorite carols including: O Come All Ye Faithful, O Christmas Tree and O Little Town of Bethlehem. Our children who attend WeeKirk will act out the scripture reading and bring to life the birth of our savior.

Rehearsals for the Christmas Pageant have already begun. Once committed to a part, please try to attend most youth group meetings or WeeKirk depending on age, as this is our primary rehearsal time. Youth will also have rehearsals on December 8 and 15 from 12–2 p.m. with the God Squad and Journeys kids who will be in the pageant. During the December 15 rehearsal, children and youth will practice their songs by Christmas caroling for some of LPC’s elderly. A final mandatory rehearsal for all children and youth will be the morning of the pageant at 9 a.m.

December Mission Opportunities

The annual toiletry collection for the Lakewood Community Service Center will run Sundays, December 1, 8 and 15. The following items are not covered by typical government assistance programs and the Center’s clients can benefit from receiving:

  • Toilet paper
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors
  • Body lotion
  • Body wash
  • Conditioner
  • Bar soap
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers sizes 4 and 5
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Dish soap
  • Women’s hygiene items

We will also collect hats, gloves and mittens for both children and adults. Please donate new items. Also, new men’s and women’s socks will be collected for distribution during the Homeless Stand Down, which takes place in January 2020.

Contact Jenny Woodworth with any questions.

Cleveland Monsters Hockey
Friday, January 31

Come cheer on your Cleveland Monsters on Friday, January 31 at 7 p.m. It’s “Cleveland Rocks” night at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse and tickets are just $10 for both adults and children. A limited number of tickets are available for this event. Please contact Heather Greif if you would like to attend. This is always a great night so get your tickets now. Go Monsters!