Last Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Advent, the service focused on “Joy” in the Lord through Mary’s confession. While hearing the scripture from the Gospel of Luke, I was thinking how wondrous and mysterious are God’s plans. Have you thought about why the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Almighty God and Prince of Peace had to be born in a small town in a barn? No one noticed his birth except the humble ones near him. I am amazed at the wonder and mystery of how much God loves us.
Yes, Christmas is near! We will have multiple Christmas Eve services including a Christmas Eve Eve service on December 23 at 7:30 PM. That service is identical to the December 24 9:00 PM service which is a traditional service. The sanctuary choir and orchestra will lift up, “Dance Into the Light” and “A Rose Tree Carol” from the Cantata, the Winter Rose. A men’s harmony barbershop quartet will lead hymns and sing an offertory– the uplifting song, ” Heard About a Newborn King.” The handbell choir will play four wonderful carols accompanied by organ, brass and timpani. There will also be a service December 24 at 3:00 PM for preschoolers and families including skits and fun carols; a 5:00 PM family service with the children’s choir singing, “Christmastime” and flute duets performing for the offertory. The 7:00 PM service will be a blended service with Ward, our contemporary music director, leading the service with praise hymn voices, and a student choir singing, “Mary, Did You Know” as an offertory.
The last service at 11:00 PM Christmas Eve is my personal favorite — a communion service. It is more intimate and quieter than the others. The chamber choir will sing, “Ding Dong Merrily on High” as an anthem and a beautiful motet,”O Magnum Mysterium” by Victoria as an offertory. The choir will also sing, ” O Nata Lux” as communion music. What a beautiful selection of music! There will be a reflection time after a communion where my husband Jason and I will lift up, ” O Holy Night”.
And there is one more service! On Christmas Day, we will have,”Nine Lessons and Carols” at 10:30 AM. We will read, hear God’s words and praise God with beautiful carols. You and your family will enjoy it very much! It will be a very meaningful time to share with family and especially with children to show that we worship and celebrate Him on Christmas.
I know, it is a lot of music! However, we need to boldly proclaim the one who needs to be worshipped and praised in this season. He is Emmanuel, Counselor, the Prince of Peace, the Almighty God. I pray that we all get excited to celebrate Jesus, and praise and worship Him with all our hearts and voices.
Come and join us!