On all three Sundays in Advent (12/3, 10, & 17) @ 9:15 a.m. Dr. Phillip Cary, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Eastern University, will close out this calendar year’s quincentennial celebration of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and begin our liturgical year with an exploration of why Martin Luther loved, quite literally, Christmas and the Christmas Gospel. “In this Adult Forum Advent series,” writes Dr. Cary, “we shall see how Luther’s conviction that the Gospel gives us Christ became the basis for the Reformation that began 500 years ago. Luther loved Christmas because he loved what the Christmas Gospel gave us: God in the flesh in a baby in his young mother’s arms, given for us.”
December 3, 2017, 5:00pm - December 3, 2017, 6:30pm
Sung by the Choristers and Adult Choir.
Director of Music: Zach Fritsch-Hemenway
Guest Organist: Monica Czausz
Our guests at this service will be the community of St. James School, located in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Philadelphia. St. James School is a faith-based middle school in the Episcopal tradition, committed to educating traditionally underresourced students in a nurturing environment.
The service is followed by a ticketed reception organized by St. James School as a fundraiser. “A Victorian Christmas” includes cocktails, dinner, auctions and entertainment. Follow this link for information and to purchase tickets: stjamesphila.org/christmas-benefit/
Advent Responsory - G.P. da Palestrina
Jesus Christ the Appletree - Colin Mawby
Comfort, Comfort Ye My People -David Ashley White
Earthquake - Zachary Wadsworth
Canite Tuba - G.P. da Palestrina
Tota Pulchra Es Maria - Anton Bruckner
E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come - Paul Manz
We Wait for thy Loving Kindness - William McKie
Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661 - J.S. Bach