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Worshipping in Advent: From Darkness to Light

A 90-minute Presbyterian Outlook webinar
Recorded Tuesday, October 21, 2014
featuring Kimberly Long and Eric Wall

Advent is a journey from darkness to light. During this season we confront our need for God’s judgment and mercy and wait with eager and longing expectation for the coming of Jesus Christ who will make all things new. We hear the promise of salvation and the reconciliation of the whole world as we prepare to welcome the very incarnation of grace, Jesus, the light of the world.

In this webinar we will look at the theological arc of the season and consider how the biblical texts for Advent shape worship. Special attention will be given to new hymns and songs in the new Presbyterian hymnal Glory to God.

Participants will come away with:

  • An understanding of the theological arc of the Advent season;
  • Knowledge of new hymns and songs for advent and ways of using them;
  • Awareness of new liturgical resources;
  • Ideas for visual and ritual engagement in worship.
Click here to register for the on-demand Web replay – $29.95 (1-6 participants)
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Kim Long photoKimberly Bracken Long is associate professor of worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is the author of “The Worshiping Body: The Art of Leading Worship,” “The Eucharistic Theology of the American Holy Fairs” and numerous articles and sermons. She is also editor and writer for the Feasting on the Word Worship Companion, a six-volume lectionary-based liturgical resource. A speaker, preacher, liturgist, and teacher at worship conferences around the United States, Long also served as editor of the quarterly journal, Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching and the Arts from 2005-2011. Ordained as teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she has served congregations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She holds degrees in voice performance from the College of Wooster and the University of Maryland, the M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and the Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Drew University.





Eric WallEric Wall is director of music and organist at First Presbyterian Church in Asheville, North Carolina, where he works with worship planning and congregational song; teaches classes related to music and worship; directs and oversees choirs of all ages; and oversees music and arts activities in the life of the congregation. He is also conference center musician at Montreat, North Carolina, serving as musician and consultant for conferences; serving as organist and a planner for summer worship; and directing the Summer Singers, a choir drawn from the conference center’s summer staff. He has written for the Presbyterian Church’s publication Call to Worship and for The Christian Century and was a Hymn Festival presenter in July 2014 for the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. He lives with his wife and son in Asheville.