This year the theme for the Worship & Music conference at Montreat is “Then Sings My Soul.” Please consider attending this exciting conference in North Carolina exploring the riches of God’s love, expressed in worship and music. The conference is open to adults and youth (rising 4th grade and up), with child care and camp experiences for infants and children too young for the conference. Housing can be found in college dorms, Assembly Inn, or in rented houses. The conference is offered twice: week 1 June 18-23 and week 2 June 25-30. Megan, director of Fine Arts will be attending week 2 along with our organist, Jonathan and their son Paul. Please email Megan for more information, or visit this webpage: http://www.presbymusic.org/montreat.html. Registration is currently open.
Sunday, December 11—Lessons & Carols, 5:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy a traditional service of Lessons and Carols led by the Choristers and Singers choirs. Readings and carols retell the story of Christ’s birth, with candlelit singing of Silent Night. Following the service gather for a potluck meal and carol singing in the Fellowship Hall.
Sunday, December 18—Caroling, 3:00 p.m.
All are welcome to join in song and share carols with those in our congregation in need of Christmas cheer. Gather in the Fellowship Hall to get directions and song sheets. We will head out in cars to various locations and end up at Jackie Brownfield’s house for one last caroling stop and refreshments.
Saturday, December 24—Christmas Eve Worship Service, 5:00 p.m.
This child friendly service includes a pick-up Christmas pageant and candlelight. Arrive at 4:45 and gather in the Fellowship Hall to find costumes if you want to participate in the pageant. Young and old will enjoy this lively retelling of the Christmas story.
Saturday, December 24—Christmas Eve Worship Service, 8:30 p.m.
8:00 p.m. Organ prelude
8:30 p.m. Share the joy of the season in a communion service with carols and candlelight on this holiest of nights.
Sunday, December 25—Christmas Day Worship, 11:00 a.m.
Gather to celebrate the birth of Christ. Come hear the story and sing carols in morning worship.
Christmas Eve Choir
Join in the fun of being in the choir for Christmas Eve. Adults and youth grade 5 and up are invited to participate in a special choir that sings at the 5:00 p.m. service on December 24. Rehearsals are Sunday, December 18 12:15-1:15 p.m. and Thursday, December 22 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. On the 24th we will gather at 4:00 p.m. before the 5:00 service.
Every time that I sing Know That God Is Good with the children of our church I am reminded of the truth of that statement. They sing the verses in English and Swahili, and end with a joyful Hallelujah. If there is drumming involved they are even more enthusiastic. During the choristers rehearsal the children all get a chance to play the drum while we sing. As each child has the drum placed in front of them, they turn their attention to keeping a steady beat. This skill takes a lot of concentration to master, and they focus all of their energy to the task. My hope is that the skills that they learn through singing in choristers, Sunday school, and worship will ground them in their faith. The steady beat that resonates through the drum will guide them in their faith journey. The rainbow bulletin board that the children created in the choir room is a visual to remind us all of the goodness of God that can be found in all people. That is why our rainbow is made of many hand shapes. May you see the goodness of God in the people that you encounter this week. And if you are struggling to see the good, take a look at all the children and youth of our church and they sing, pray, praise, and play.