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    Author: Colleen Smith

    Category: The Pulse 2018, The Pulse - 2018.46 Issue 46, The Pulse - 2018.47 Issue 47

    Christmas Night of Worship: Moving in a New Direction

    I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but I love singing Christmas music. Some of my earliest childhood memories are learning Away in a Manger as part of my Sunday School experience. In our little country church, we would always do a pageant on Christmas Eve with the children singing and reciting poems, followed by the reenactment of the Christmas story and singing Christmas carols. I enjoyed seeing my dad dressed up as one of the wise men or shepherds. One year, my mom who sang in the choir, looked down to see a mouse sitting on her shoe. She was an alto, but I’m sure she could have sung soprano that night! As a teenager, I remember serenading some of our senior members outside their door with three other singers as we sang carols in four part harmony. In college, when my faith really became alive, it took on a deeper meaning as the words of the songs poured out of me with a richer understanding and a heart overflowing in praise to Jesus.

    I am sure these memories influence my desire in ministry to create new and meaningful ways to express through music the wonders of Jesus’ birth as part of the gospel story. With that in mind, and after an 18 year run with our Christmas concert, Night of Joy!, the worship ministry is moving in a new direction. Rather than come and listen to a concert, we want to provide the opportunity for our church family and friends to participate in an evening of worship as we celebrate, sing, pray and share scripture together. We will sing many of the classic carols and a few more recent songs in a variety of styles.

    The event is appropriately called “Christmas Night of Worship” and will take place on Friday, December 14, and Saturday, December 15, at 7:00 pm. Come as you are; no tickets are required. Parents: your kids will enjoy this!

    To preview the songs click here.