First Sunday of Advent
November 30, 2014
"Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved."
We recently had twenty-four-hour adoration in our parish, and I chose (uncomfortably) to participate with the community in an hour of prayer. (You see, I’m usually the “quick visit” type.) But this time, after I led the midday prayer, I settled in. Directly in front of me was a compelling and beautiful icon of Christ. The hour flew by, and it was a blessed time of conversation with God.
The refrain that we sing with today’s psalm uses the word “make.” Other English translations of that verse use the word “restore”—in either case, a demand and not a simple request that God change things so that our focus is in the right place. So often we feel compelled to turn to God when we are faced with life-changing events—death, divorce, a health crisis. In this Advent season perhaps we can turn away from that which keeps us turning toward God and re-establishing a right order in our lives. Turning away from consumerism so that we spend less; turning away from our “devices” so that we spend more time in prayer; turning away from busy-ness in order to spend more time with the people in our lives who reflect the bright face of God!
God of Advent hope, rouse and awaken our minds and hearts to see your face and so be saved. Grant that we continue to be people of grace and peace in your world. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus, Come!
St. Michael Catholic Church
St. Michael's Music Ministry Advent Concert - December 5 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
The Vienna Boys Choir - December 17 and 18 at St. Mary's Church, Gayton Road (tickets $40 in advance October 11-19 at St. Michael's)
David Haas and Lori True - February 5 and 6 at Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville
St. Michael's Music Ministry
Jenny Ivens, Minister of MusicMusic is integral to the celebration of any liturgical event. The voice of the assembly is the primary voice in any liturgy. Singing unifies and deepens, underscores and heightens our worship. When we sing, we join the heavenly hosts of angels and saints, all those who came before us and all those to follow, in our offerings of praise and thanksgiving to God. We are the voice of Christ alive in the world. Through Abraham, God made us a promise. In Jesus Christ, the promise was fulfilled. Knowing all God does for us, How Can We Keep From Singing? Jesus, following a long tradition, prayed and sang with the disciples. You can join this ancient tradition by becoming a member of a music group dedicated to praising God through Sacred Song. In addition to singing, our lively celebrations are enhanced through the gifts of instrumentalists of all varieties. You can offer thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts he has bestowed upon you, your family and the community of St. Michael Catholic Church. We are offering you and opportunity, what can you offer in return?
The Music Ministry at St. Michael Catholic Church offers a wide variety of musical experiences for parishioners of all ages. We are constantly welcoming new members to our ensembles as they are the lifeblood of all ministries. Whether you are interested in the Children's Choir, the Adult Choir, or an instrumentalist of any kind (guitar, bass, flute, trumpet, drums etc.) you can be sure that you will be joining people with whom you will share many wonderful moments making music and lively fellowship. You will be contributing to the great tradition of musical ministry already established at St. Michael. Your musical talents are treasure that needs to be shared with the community, for the building up of the community and the glory of God!
Arts & Praise Choir
Breath of Heaven-Christmas CD 2011
Calendars and Schedules
Hallelujah Resurrection Easter 2012
How Great is Our God Music Easter 2012
I Will Rise Music - Easter 2012
In The Woodshed
Songs of the Village CD
St. Michael Theatre Group
Sullivan Guardian Ensemble
We The Voice CD