Posted: December 06
Christmas glow is already underway here at CAPC as this weekend our Christmas elves were busy! Thanks to the generosity of the Reicken family, we are blessed with a tree in our Narthex. Our decorating team went to work and made it beautiful--THANK YOU to Doug, Barbara & Michael Reicken, Kathy Mann, Julie Downing, Maryellen Moffitt and Joyce Miller! Hope you come out to see it for yourselves.
Posted: December 04
Advent Devotional - Sunday, December 4
Submitted by Elder Janice Haer
Isaiah 11: 1-9
In the familiar Advent passage, Is.11:1-9 it was not the words of the image of the lion lying down with the lamb that leapt out at me this year, but verses 1 and 2 concerning the stump of Jesse sprouting a new branch that would be touched by the Spirit of the Lord. After reading the qualities of the Holy Spirit noted in verse 2 (the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and of power, knowledge and fear of the Lord), of course, the image of the Holy Spirit – a dove – came to mind and a very special moment that occurred a few weeks earlier in my first grade Sunday School class.
Reviewing the story of John the Baptist, I pointed to the picture of the dove and asked what it was. Without hesitation, one of the little boys piped up, “Oh that’s the Jesus Bird!”
The JESUS BIRD indeed. Not a dove, not just any dove but a dove with a name – the JESUS BIRD. This image of the Jesus Bird brought to mind the words of “ The Friendly Beasts” a lovely folk carol that is a retelling of the legend that on the night of the Savior’s birth each of the animals in the stable were given the gift of speech and told what gift each had given baby Jesus. The dove said, “I cooed Him to sleep that He should not cry; we cooed Him to sleep my mate and I.”
The carol concludes with the words, “Thus every beast by some good spell was glad to tell of the gift He gave Emmanuel.” In this season of gift lists – for families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers – what appears on our list of gifts to Emmanuel? The size of the gift does not matter – only that what we give to Him comes from our heart, our soul, and our mind.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, you are the greatest gift of all. May our lives always be a gift to you. Amen
Posted: December 02
“Still, Still, Still, Let all the world be still…”
These words of an old German carol have captured the awe and the very mystery of Christmas: the birth of Jesus. As we come to my favorite time of the year, I am so pleased to invite you to our Forty-fourth annual Yuletide by Candlelight. The sanctuary will glow with the light of many candles, the wreaths will adorn our gothic pillars, and the Crescent Singers will surround you with beautiful Christmas music of every age!
From deep in the chancel you will hear “Behold the Bridegroom”, a carol from the 12th century; then we will gather in the back of the sanctuary to sing “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” with random hand bells. After the processional, we will delight you with varied songs like “The Midnight Cry” from the Southern Harmony tradition, Hans Leo Hassler’s “Verbum caro factum est,” and favorites like “Ding Dong! Merrily on High” and “Deck the Hall” in a fun arrangement by John Rutter. And remember, you will be asked to join us on several carols, so bring your best voice to share - we need you!
You do not have tickets for this concert in your set of tickets, since this is also our free gift to the community. We have always made it open seating, so come early to sit in your favorite spot! Oh, and bring all your friends, too.
Here is the important information:
What: Yuletide by Candlelight sung by The Crescent Singers
When: Sunday, December 11, 2016, at 5:00 pm
Where: Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Sanctuary