IWS to Co-Sponsor Special Holiday Service

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Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols Co-Sponsored by Orange Park-based graduate school and Orange Park Presbyterian Church

ORANGE PARK, Fla. – The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (IWS) and Orange Park Presbyterian Church will co-sponsor a community-wide Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols here on Sunday, December 4, 2011. This gala event, which begins at 7:00 p.m., is a traditional choral worship service composed of a stirring collection of Advent hymns and carols, interspersed between Scripture readings.  The service is intended to heighten the expectation of the coming celebration of Christmas.  Featured are the IWS Community Festival Choir, the St. Johns Country Day School Handbell Choir, and local instrumental musicians along with local pastors and community leaders.


The community Advent service will also serve as a benefit to Waste Not Want Not, a non-profit food rescue organization that exists to prevent the discarding of food and other items that can be used to fight hunger and poverty.  Waste Not rescues food daily from numerous sources for distribution to local charitable organizations. This year, its 21st anniverary, Waste Not will rescue over one million pounds of food. 


Several local organizations are providing sponsorship of the event, including Frank and Sharon Alters of Team Alters with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, St. James AME Church (Dr. Alesia Ford-Burse, pastor) and More Than Ink Printing Company (exclusive printers for IWS), all in Orange Park.


The Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols will be directed by IWS President Dr. James Hart with artistic assistance from Mr. Mark Scott, Director of the Florida Vocal Association, and Mrs. Brenda Scott, organist at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church.  The Rev’d Dr. Tim Roberts, pastor of Orange Park Presbyterian Church, will be the officiant.  This special event will be held at Orange Park Presbyterian Church, located at 1905 Park Ave. in Orange Park (264-0536).


The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies offers the Doctor of Worship Studies and the Masters of Worship Studies degree programs, using a unique mix of distance learning and in-class instruction on its Orange Park, Florida campus. More than 500 students from over 50 denominations in the U.S., Canada and twelve other countries have matriculated at IWS since its founding in 1999, and 303 students have graduated from the school. IWS is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.


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For more information, contact James Hart at 1.904.264.2172 or president@iwsfla.org, or visit www.iws.edu