“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; Soon the bells will start, and the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing right within your heart.” ~ Meredith Wilson

 Advent is such a potent time for most of us. Out of the exhaustion, or exhilaration, of our Thanksgiving holiday, we dive headlong into a time of mixed cultural messages: it’s a time of quiet reflection, it’s a time for joyous singing, it’s a time of anticipation, it’s a time of just getting through the days. But, putting aside the cultural influences for a moment, we as Christians are able to also reflect on God’s message during Advent through fellowship, Scripture, and of course, music.

In our service planning and preparation for Advent, Father Kauffman had asked about how we can incorporate peaceful reflection into our Sunday mornings. Of course, if you ask a musician, the answer will always be music! So, starting this Sunday and continuing through this month for the four Sundays of Advent, 15 minutes prior to each service (with the exception of the 8:00 am service), we will be adding piano and organ music that is both familiar and reflective of the season. It is our hope that those of you who come early to sit in the pews to pray, meditate, or reflect can use the time to quiet and center yourselves during this busy season. To that end, we ask that those entering the sanctuary do so quietly as to not disturb those who wish for a few quiet moments prior to the start of service.

Saturday, December 3rd, 2017 is Granville’s annual Candlelight Walking Tour. Musicians from St. Luke’s as well as from Denison will be presenting musical programs. The youth and Choristers will be performing seasonal music at 3:00 pm, at 4:30 pm Tehillah, Denison University’s Gospel Acapella group will perform, and at 7:00 pm, Joe, Scott, and Stephen will lead a carol sing-a-long so everyone can enjoy their favorite holiday carols and songs.

Looking ahead, December 17, 2017 is the Children’s Pageant at a special 10:00 am service that Sunday (no 9:15 or 11:00 services). The following Sunday, Christmas Eve, December 24th, we will again just have two services (8:00 and 10:00 am). At the 10:00A service Christmas Eve morning, the service will be a service of Lessons & Carols drawn from the King’s College Lessons & Carols. Ours will be a shortened version so that we can also offer Eucharist at that service. That evening, there are two services, one at 4:30 pm with the Choristers as the resident choir, and 9:00 pm where harpist Rachel Clemente joins the Adult Choir. Both services will have music that will start 30 minutes prior to the service so come early and enjoy your favorite Christmas music. 

Wishing you the best during this Advent and Christmas season, we leave you with a few of our favorite quotes for the season:

“ I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.” ~ Taylor Caldwell

“God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind, but to produce a new kind of man.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” ~ Dr. Suess