Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,
 
This Sunday, December 2, we begin the Advent season. Advent marks the beginning of the church year and it is full of hope and anticipation. I invite you each Sunday to come to worship ready to hear God's promises for you and for the world.
 
Upon hearing God's promises, people of God have often been drawn to song. A worship song, as many theologians have noted, is a prayer prayed twice. The music says to God what cannot be described and the lyrics state what can. For these reasons, we are focusing on four songs of Scripture that praise God for promises made and kept:
 
Week One: December 2, Zephaniah's song, Zephaniah 3:14-20
Week Two: December 9, Elizabeth's song, Luke 1:39-45
Week Three: December 16, Mary's song, Luke 1:46-55
Week Four: December 23, Zechariah's song, Luke 1:59-80
 
As we focus on these songs week by week and as we light candle by candle, we hope that you will be moved to song as you approach the joy of Christmas. We will sing together with the angels on Christmas Eve. To enhance your Advent experience, be sure to pick up an Advent devotional in the lobby and/or join us for Wednesday Bible Study at 10 am.
 
Another way to be moved by song this Advent is at our celebration on December 9, 4 to 6 pm. We will decorate Christmas cookies and ornaments as musicians serenade us with Christmas tunes and lead us in caroling. Bring neighbors and friends!
 
I pray you have much peace and joy this season.
 
Peace,
Jon
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