Advent, Food & Holden Evening Prayer All Come Together 12/12/12!

Though most of us gripe about the commercialization of Christmas and the resulting loss of focus on Jesus Christ, few of us feel empowered to do anything about it. And so we resign ourselves to being swept along in a tide of secularism, materialism and consumerism that has nothing to do with the Savior of the World who humbly arrived in a manger and who is coming again.

Though it is true that we might not be able to singlehandedly change our culture, we can take steps in our own lives to disconnect from the shopping malls and the credit cards so that we can instead hold fast to our faith in Jesus Christ. One such opportunity arrives on Wednesday evening, December 12 as St. Matthew opens its doors for a simple meal at 5:30 pm, followed by a brief (45 minute) Holden Evening Prayer service at 6:30 pm. The entire community is invited to attend.

Holden Evening Prayer is a beautiful sung-service that combines gorgeous, tuneful, singable music with the traditional elements of Evening Prayer that have enriched the Christian Church for centuries. The service includes moving passages of scripture like Psalm 141 and the Annunciation and the Magnificat from Luke’s Gospel. Even if you have not participated in a Holden Evening Prayer service before, you will find the music to be elegantly simple to sing and so memorable that you’ll be humming the songs on your way home. Best of all, you will be reminded of the true reason for this season: our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In this season of secular excess, come and be spiritually “recalibrated” with Holden Evening Prayer at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 115 E. Penn St. in Martinsburg on Wednesday, December 12.