Sunday, December 2, 2012
LESSONS & CAROLS
They did it again.....hit it out of the park, that is.
Today the sanctuary was filled with a full orchestra, an extremely talented choir, soloists, speakers, Pastor Tom Gray, music director Ed Tackett and a very appreciative congregation.
There were nine Lessons from scripture, beginning with the Genesis account of God's promise of the Messiah. Next came the promise to Abraham, the prophets prediction of the birth of a king, the prophecy concerning Bethlehem, Gabriel's visit to Mary, the birth of Jesus, the shepherds reaction, the arrival of the wise men, and the explanation of the incarnation. (Three men sang "Mary, Did you Know" and nearly brought down the house!)
Handel's Hallelujah Chorus was the grand finale!
Mixed between all the scripture readings were the appropriate carols expanding on the story.
Love was in the air! Hope revisited the congregation! Tears of pure worship rolled down cheeks!
It was a fabulous morning!
No war on Christmas at church today! Nothing but pure joy and humble thankfulness!