Second Sunday of Advent
December 8, 2013
“Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever."
The “end of days” may sound like a cliché from the latest zombie apocalypse movie, but for people watching their way of life come to an end, facing possible genocide, it was—and remains—very real. So how would you react to the “end of days”? Isaiah looks at a devastated Jerusalem, struggling to rebuild, and paints a picture of the peaceable kingdom: “The wolf shall be a guest of the lamb . . . . There shall be no harm or ruin on my holy mountain.” Matthew, on the other hand, presents a fiery John the Baptist who does not mince words: “Even now the axe lies at the root of the trees. . . . The chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
The Church, in this Advent liturgy, may present contrasting images of the end time, but, as it turns out, the path through the chaos is always the same: Enduring faith, “in keeping with Christ Jesus,” guides and redeems us. But enduring faith requires of us action—“good fruit.” By word and example, Pope Francis has displayed mercy, love, and concern for the poor, which has led people of all faiths to do likewise.
As music ministers, we must evaluate our selections for sung worship week to week. Does the music help us all “with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”? Do the words of hymns we choose invite the assembly into deeper faith that will also spur them on to action? Are the texts well-crafted to connect people with the Table of the Lord and the table of the world? In light of the fiftieth anniversary of the promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, does our music help to bring about “full, conscious, and active participation” in all of our liturgies, as we make our pilgrim way to the New Jerusalem?
God of all the ages,
fill us with your fire to proclaim your saving name boldly to all the nations,
as we journey in faith toward the heavenly liturgy.
Immaculate Conception Church
Traverse City, Michigan
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