THIS SUNDAY, 12/14
CHOIR: SonShiner Choir
PREACHER: Jim Gerlt
SONSHINER CHOIR (Sr. Adult): WONDERFUL JOB!
HANDBELLS: WONDERFUL JOB!
NOTE: Handbells: will play in our Commons the next two Sunday mornings, 12/14 & 12/21.
JUBILATE CHOIR: WONDERFUL JOB!
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS MUSICAL! DEC. 10th; 6:30pm
And the music just keeps coming. Join our children as they say “Merry Christmas” through music on TONIGHT, 12/10; 6:30pm; BHBC Worship Center.
CHRISTMAS IN THE KEY OF HOPE: WHY THE GOSPEL CHANGES EVERYTHING – SUNDAY EVENING, 12/14; 6PM
Next Rehearsal: Wed., 12/10; TONIGHT; 7:15pm, immediately following the Children’s Choir Musical – We will begin rehearsal in the Choir Room behind the Choir Loft, then move into the Worship Center as soon as it’s clear. Please be prepared to stay until 9pm.
Christmas Music Rehearsal Info: I had sent an email on Monday notifying you all of a possible rehearsal on Sat. evening. I have since learned that my daughter is performing at FHS on Saturday evening so rehearsing that evening will not be an option. It is possible that I ask you to show up early on Sunday afternoon to “tie up musical loose ends.” I’ll make a decision based on tonight’s rehearsal.
Hope… Consider the depth of this word’s meaning. Our very Christian faith is based on it.
To the hurting, the lonely, the searching – Paul wrote, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
Join us on December 14th, 6pm, in the BHBC Worship Center as we gather for something truly special. :))
KELSIE WATTS – MINI-CONCERT: 12/21
For a final project for one of her classes, Kelsie was assigned to arrange and record a song comprising multiple voices – but all the voices had to be hers. I was so impressed with it that I put some background behind it and uploaded onto YouTube. Here it is: (I’ll be showing it this coming Sunday).
The word “hallelujah” is actually a combination of two Hebrew words: “Hallel”, which means “praise”; and “Yah”, short for “Yahweh”, the covenant name for God. So the word has great depth of meaning in Christian doctrine. Scholars believe the “Hallel Psalms” (113-118) may well have been recited and/or sung in that Upper Room, during the Last Supper, the night before Jesus was crucified.
The band, Cloverton, re-wrote the lyrics to Leonard Cohen’s hauntingly beautiful, “Hallelujah,” last year. We sang it at BHBC then. We’ll sing it again this year.
Christ has come. Joy to the word. Hallelujah….
“EXODUS: GOD & KINGS” (in theaters this weekend)
I must confess, after viewing the movie, “Noah,” this past year, I have little faith in Hollywood producing anything anywhere close to being true to the “Script(ure)” anymore. The following movie review is solid and informative. “Exodus: God & Kings”, based on the life of Moses (kind of, sort of) hits theaters this coming weekend.
9 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE
It’s shocking how little the average Christian knows about the Book we claim to be our supreme authority. But, it’s never too late to start learning. :))
QUOTE(s) OF THE WEEK
“It’s a fine thing, I suppose, that we honor a sacred holiday with such homey sentiments. And yet when I turn to the gospel accounts of the first Christmas, I hear a very different tone and sense mainly disruption at work.” Philip Yancey
“Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live forever, and this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only seventy years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live forever.” – C.S. Lewis
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:
Q: Why are Christmas Trees so bad a knitting?
A: They always drop their needles.
Q: What did the gingerbread man put on his bed to keep warm at night?
A: A cookie sheet.
Q: What do Santa’s elves go to school to learn?
A: The Elfabet.
GRACE NOTES: “Angels Among Us”
For years, I have taught the biblical doctrine of angels during the Christmas season due to the heightened interest the season brings. As tempting as it is to allow Hollywood to influence our understanding of angels, we must be careful to make the Bible our one source of authority when making conclusions about these mysterious beings. Part 2 includes what I still consider to be a personal encounter with an angel I had over 30 years ago.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick