Monthly Archives: December 2016

Christmas Carols & Their Stories – Sunday, December 25 – 11am

 

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Did you know…

at one point in history you could be accused of witchcraft for singing Christmas carols?

 

Do you know…

how the custom of caroling got started?

 

Do you know…

why Felix Mendelssohn and Isaac Watts turn over in their graves every time we sing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”??

 

Do you know…

who really wrote “Away in a Manger?”

 

Do you know…

what event inspired Father Joseph Mohr to write the words to “Silent Night?

 

Do you know…

what Bible verse is the basis for “Angels We Have Heard on High?”

Come & worship, sing carols, and learn more about them!

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Rejoice! Bethlehem’s Promise is coming soon!

 

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 Advent: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.

 As we sing of the coming of the “notable person” this Sunday, are we ready to welcome him? Are our hearts filled with wonder at the mystery of it all? Will we know  him?

 

December 11 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

 

Candle-lighting Hymn: We light the candle of joy this week.  The melody is the familiar American tune, “Away in a Manger.”joy

 

A candle is burning, a candle of Joy,

A candle to welcome brave Mary’s new boy.

Our hearts fill with wonder and eyes light and glow

As Joy brightens winter like sunshine on snow.

 

Anthem: “Will We Know Him?” Questions abound in this Advent anthem by Don Besig and Nancy Price. Are we ready for the Babe of Bethlehem to be born in a lowly stall? Are we ready to greet the tiny little king who will come to save us all? Are we ready for the star of Bethlehem to appear in the winter sky? Are we ready to follow anywhere it leads, and let its light fill all our lives?

 

Hymn: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” 

 

O come, thou Day-Spring, come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

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