Perhaps no season in our church year presents so many moods as Advent. We all know it is a time of preparation for the joyous Twelve Days of Christmas. The various feelings can range from longing, as the nation of Israel longed for their Messiah; to wonder, as we see the wonder of children when bright decorations reflect in their eyes; to anticipation, as we look forward to the “joyous days to come;” to outright joy, as we know how the story will end. God is doing a new thing. In the northern hemisphere anyway, even nature seems to proclaim that something different and mysterious but also full of promise is happening. The days are getting shorter as the sun moves to the south, and long shadows appear where we usually don’t see them. Something is happening! And it is reflected in music for Advent. You are invited to a program of music for the season at 3:30 PM Sunday, December 22, in Zion’s sanctuary, providing a time for reflection as sunset and dusk approach, enhancing the mystical and wonderful beauty of the room, and perhaps providing an opportunity for the Christ child to enter our hearts, as Martin Luther wrote for his children: Ah, dearest Jesus, holy child, Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled, Within our hearts, that they might be, All quiet places kept for Thee.