Yesterday the choir, Dinelle, Samuel and Allison led us in worship. Yes, the melodies and harmonies were beautiful, but did you hear the words? Did you hear the complete story of Jesus from birth to resurrection? Did you come and worship the new born King? As one who enjoys singing, I have the opportunity to actually read the words to songs and internalize them. These words have enhanced my worship this Christmas season:
Where is He, oh where is He?
His start blazes in the night;
As we trace the changing skies,
He is hiding from our sight.
Can you tell us where He Lies?
We would worship Him tonight,
And will journey till we find,
And our search is turned to sight.
Your guiding light shows us the way,
We see your Morning Star ascend!
To You dear Christ, all searches come,
In you our journey finds its end.
The star beams its golden ray
Over sleepy Bethlehem,
Where with joy we find the child,
And with gifts we worship Him.
While we thought we came to You
In a little star lit place,
It was You who came to us,
Christ, the glory of God’s face.
Carol M. Hodge
This song is sung from the perspective of the Wise Men, but can’t you see how it parallels our own journey of coming to Christ. We look for Him, we seek Him, and He shows us the way with His light. We go to Him, and are excited when we find Him, and we worship Him. All the while, we are thinking that we came to Him, and the reality is that He loved us so much that He came to us! Christ, the glory of God’s face.
Another special worship opportunity will happen at our Christmas Eve services. Plan now to attend and bring your family and friends to our services to be held at 4pm and 6pm on December 24th. Both services will be identical. For many in our church Christmas Eve is a family tradition that keeps the true meaning of Christmas in the holiday. If this is not your tradition, won’t you plan on starting this year to make Christ your focus during this season? There is not an easier or better time to bring those who have drifted away from their relationship with God back to renewal than Christmas Eve.
Remember the men’s mission trip and the search committee in your prayers this week. The men are in Mexico building two houses and are short a worker or two with a couple of last-minute cancelations. Pray for their safety and success in completing the houses on time but also pray for their spiritual growth as they work together in Jesus name. The search committee will be reviewing the initial submissions of resumes and contacting those who have applied with a progress update. Pray for the committee’s discernment through this process.
Chairman of the Congregation
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