THIS SUNDAY, 12/21
Choir: “Carol of the Bells” & “Celtic Blessing w/Silent Night”
Preacher: Jim Gerlt
A VERY MERRY MUSICAL SUNDAY!
During both Worship Services this coming Sunday, 12/21:
1. Mike Lewis breaks out his saxophone
2. Randy & Donna Hudson will play their cello & harp
3. Kelsie Watts will sing a mini-concert
THE HEALING POWER OF REDEMPTION
“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 30:17)
Beverly McBeath snapped a few photos from the Christmas Musical this past Sunday evening. After posting the one below on my Facebook page, one of our dear friends commented: “I can literally smell the sweet fragrance of worship rising from broken, yet healing hearts.”
Christ has used you, our dear friends – His Body – to carry us, to protect us, to nurture us back to health. We still have a ways to go but, thank God Almighty, we are nowhere near where we used to be!
The photo below is a visual reminder to me, Michelle, Kelsie & Macy that, as Rick & Kay Warren stated after their son took his life last year, “even a broken tree can bear fruit.”
As God continues to whisper His will to mine & Michelle’s hearts, we know we have a responsibility to tell the world about this Christ who, come what may, heals our wounds & sets us free.
REHEARSAL INFO FOR REMAINDER OF THE YEAR
Adult Choir: We are DONE with rehearsals for 2014! Next rehearsal is Wed., Jan. 7, 2015.
Praise Team: No more mid-week rehearsals until 1/7. But we will meet at 8:30am this Sunday, 12/21.
Handbells: You will NOT play in the Commons this Sunday, 12/21. Next rehearsal: 1/25; 4pm.
CHRISTMAS EVE SARAJEVO (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – BHBC; Dec. 2014
Thanks to Melissa Walker (wife of one of our guitarists) for capturing this on her phone. This recording was taken during rehearsal and, as such, my “chimes” guy was unable to be there until our performance so you won’t hear him hammering those huge chimes. But, it’s still cool. (NOTE: During the actual performance I lost a page – an ENTIRE page – of music. I calmly searched for it with my left hand while I played the piano at Mach 4 speed with my right hand – who says I can’t multi-task! Found the page about two measures before I needed it….thank You, God.):))
MERRY CHRISTMAS vs. HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Personally, it doesn’t offend me in the least when someone tells me “Happy Holidays.” (I simply think they’re very kind to say anything at all.) That said, I thought this article from the Washington Post was enlightening, not to mention encouraging.
Excerpt from the article: “65 percent of Americans believe all four key elements of the Christmas story (Jesus was born of a virgin; was laid in a manger; was visited by the Magi; His birth was announced by angels to shepherds) are to be taken literally. This is more than the percentage who express confidence in evolution, global warming, or the efficacy of vaccines.”
QUOTE(s) OF THE WEEK
“If we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural. If we offend the principles of reason our religion will be absurd and ridiculous . . . There are two equally dangerous extremes: to exclude reason; to admit nothing but reason.” ― Blaise Pascal
When Mark Twain said, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt,” he may very well have had the following scripture in mind: “There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.” (Proverbs 29:20 NLT)
“Since we as Christians are called and commanded to have a reason for the hope within us (1 Peter 3:15), it is the responsibility of Christian teachers, pastors, mentors and educators of all kinds [to equip the saints in this regard. Church leaders] are remiss if they avoid, denigrate, or minimize the importance of apologetics to biblical living and Christian witness.” — Douglass Grouthuis, Denver Seminary
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:
Q: What do you get when Santa goes down the chimney and the fire is lit?
A. Krisp Kringle
Q: What kind of cars do elves drive?
Q: What’s the biggest difference between the regular alphabet and the Christmas alphabet?
A: The Christmas alphabet has NOEL.
And a Bonus!….
I was sent this and just thought it was awesome. Someone videoed it on a 2009 trip to DisneyWorld. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll love it. If you are also an MC Hammer fan (throwback to the 80’s) you’ll REALLY love it.
GRACE NOTES: “Angels Would Give Anything to Have This”
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick