ADVENT CHRISTMASTIME GIFT GREETING

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MUSIC MEDIA MINISTRY SEASONAL GIFT GREETING

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Holiday Greetings, and Thank you for following the link to this Advent / Christmastime Gift Greeting.

A Free Download Link Is Below

Please Receive It Along With These

Marinated Wishes For This Holiday Season.

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A Message from Executive Producer – WARREN COOPER

“The Advent Season has begun to unfold, as we await and anticipate the arrival of Christmas Day  –  a day that will soon make Its way into Christmastime (which runs concurrently with Kwanzaa) and then into the climax of the day called Epiphany or Three Kings Day (January 6th).  As it does I am reminded of childhood questions I had about the Wise Royal Astrologers (Three Wisemen) in the traditional story…questions like:
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“Where did Mary and Joseph and Jesus move after they left the stable?”  (Matthew 2:11)
(…Note the word house...)
 and;
“Did the wise men ask the wrong guy for directions to Bethlehem?”  
and;
“Should we blame them for triggering the massacre?”
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As I engage the current conversations around
 borders and hoarders…and the systematic slaughters of sons and daughters…with the wrangling around refugees and immigration, in the wake of native population decimation
and
human rights annihilation
I wonder aloud:
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“What difference should it make to me – that Jesus began his life as a refugee?”
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Pondering these questions (along with many others) during this season of Advent and Christmastime (a/k/a “The 12 Days of Christmas”) I am moved to share some personal yule logs from my own fireplace of contemplation, and extend them as gifts to you:
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1)  A Smooth Jazz Celebration of Christmas that features Saxophone Phenom and Philly Pops favorite RON KERBER in an alto saxophonic dance with me on vocals in my arrangement of  INFANT HOLY, INFANT LOWLY.  It is a contemporary setting of a beautiful Polish Carole that I learned in my high-school days with Germantown Friends School Choir (Thanks Larry Hoenig).  It also appears on my Christmas CD. FOLLOW THE STAR
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Click INFANT HOLY, INFANT LOWLY to go where you can download the song for Free.
Click FOLLOW THE STAR to purchase the CD.
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2)  A reprise of a 2016 Advent Video prepared in protest of the contemplative and comfortable posture that Christians traditionally reach for during this time of year.  It is the Finale of A CHRISTMAS VIGIL FOR JUSTICE, held in Rockland County New York, and stands as a statement (by the Christian Cohort of The Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center) that we are called to actively reject the Artificially Sweetened version of Christmas, and begin to represent the
Truly Subversive Nature of
The REAL Christmas Story.
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In this world at this time – We who curate the Light of Christ Can No Longer Be Silent.  We must Boldly Speak Truth To Leverage, as we Stand with those at Standing Rock, at Ferguson, at Dallas, at Charlottesville, at Palestine, at Libya, at Balochistan, at…; Standing for a Justice that is Moral and Righteous and Compassionate and Sustainable.  Each of us are Called to be a Lens – Refracting The Light of Christ – Brightening The Path That Jesus Would Walk Today  –  And Fashioning Our Footsteps To ‘Walk In That Way’.  
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As We Light The Christ Candle THIS Time around…We are:
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SILENT NO MORE…
From SILENT NIGHT to THIS LITTLE LIGHT
A Call To Transformation…Because
THE NIGHT CAN NO LONGER BE SILENT!
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“Happy New Year, Kwanzaa, Chanukah – Merry Christmas to you!”
(From REJOICE!)

Rejoice (Radio Edit)

on the Contemporary Christmas CD – FOLLOW THE STAR 
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Gratitude and Blessings for your Prayerful Support – In the Past,

In the Present,

and In the Future.”

Holding PEACE In The Light…

WARREN COOPER – Executive Producer

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BONUS CHRISTMAS QUESTION:
“If Jesus began his life as a refugee…what does that mean for how it is that we…Engage The Stranger…in or Out the manger?
To be continued…