Marcia Van Oyen

Marcia Van Oyen ( is Minister of Music, Worship, and Fine Arts at Plymouth First United Methodist Church in Plymouth, Michigan. Her husband, Mark, designed the banners above.

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    Visual Advent Lessons

    Afew years ago, we designed a worship service for the first Sunday of Advent to introduce and explain the general themes of the season, including the lighting of Advent candles. In past years, the latter had received cursory attention, consisting of a short Bible reading followed by the lighting of the corresponding candle. I saw value in giving the Advent candle themes more attention, perhaps by “illuminating” their meanings (hope, love, joy, peace) visually. We decided to create a banner for each Advent candle.