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Vespers

In Church on December 7, 2006 at 2:00 am

Following up on my semi-whiny previous post (sorry – my narcissism got the best of me), one of the things that's important to keep in mind this time of year is our need for meaning in the midst of the madness. I doubt the 6th-century Church dealt with the same type of distractions we in the 21st century do (theirs was a different kind), but they seemed to understand the need for reminders of what's important nonetheless.

That said, in addition to the Advent readings we're doing with the little ones at night, I'm looking forward to the upcoming Vespers service that Memorial is offering this coming Sunday, December 10, at 5 p.m, as another way of staying focused on the reason for the season.

In addition to the meditative nature of the service, Worship Arts Director Gene Campbell (along with many Memorial musicians – we have an embarrassment of riches) has gone all out in putting together a worship experience that includes seasonal highlights from Africa and the West Indies, a 16th-century medieval carol from Finland, and a traditional 19th-century American spiritual, all accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra.

If you're in the neighborhood or, like me, just need to spend an hour or so focused on something other than yourself (my favorite pre-occupation), think about joining us at Memorial this weekend for a very special opportunity to worship God.

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