On Sunday, December 13, the Children’s Choir will present their Christmas musical, Christmas is Jesus. Try as we might, Jesus always seems to take a back burner in our Christmas celebrations. The following passage is an excerpt from the upcoming musical. I hope you will hold onto these simple words and allow them to guide your season of preparation.
Christmas is Savior, Messiah and King,
The reason we all celebrate and we sing.
For carpenter Joseph and Mary with the Babe
Have swaddled up Christmas and laid Him in the hay.
Christmas is the night sky blazing and bold,
Filled with heavenly angels sharing what they were told,
Bethlehem hillsides and shepherds and sheep,
Unaware of the miracles unfolding as they sleep.
Christmas is a manger, a stable and stall.
Creation is bowing in worship and awe.
Peace and goodwill to all of earth’s men.
Christmas is where this love story begins.
Christmas is family, friends and food,
And every little child trying hard to be good.
Decorations of red, green, silver and gold,
And the singing of carols that never gets old.
Christmas is busy, our calendars we fill,
But our hearts are empty if we don’t stop to be still.
So we promise to kneel before the Word made flesh.
We will bow down and worship and give Him our best.
This Christmas we worship the Gift from above.
Our voices will praise and sing out our love!
Glory and honor to the great Gift that frees us!
Glory! Hallelujah! Christmas is Jesus!
-Luke Gambill & Rhonda Frazier
The Musical Joy of Christmas
By Jerry Rich, Director of Music
Our ringers and singers are looking forward to sharing the musical joys of the Christmas season with you! We will sing selections from Handel’s Messiah and contemporary carols by John Rutter; we will also present settings of In the Bleak Midwinter, Infant Holy, Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming and O Holy Night. For Sunday, December 6 we will have a guest violinist at both services; the Children’s Choir will present its Nativity musical on December 13, and on December 20, the adult choirs will offer a service of Lessons and Carols. On Christmas Eve, please bring your heartiest caroling voices to the Sanctuary to help us proclaim the birth of the Christ Child!