Singing The Christmas Story – Sunday December 27 2020
Merry 12 Days of Christmas! We are not finished with Christmas carols quite yet. This week’s worship theme is “Singing the Christmas Story”. As per usual, the zoom invite to the Sunday worship service @ 11am followed by coffee & a chat is at the end of this email.
( Please note that there is no audio message from Rev Rita)
To begin play Christmas Hallelujah sung by the Killard House School Choir from Donaghadee Northern Ireland. https://youtu.be/AqrsAcTg8j8
Thank you to Paul Arnott for sharing this video.
Then pray Dear God, today I give you thanks for the gift of your child, Jesus Christ, who in birth, life, death, and resurrection revealed your unending love for all people. May the Christmas songs we hear today inspire our words and actions in the days to come. Amen.
Read the story about the Carol of the Bells (attached)
Play Carol of the Bells https://youtu.be/V7nSKqfBk6k
Read the story about O Little Town of Bethlehem (attached)
Play O Little Town of Bethlehem https://youtu.be/VA0EzM
Pray this prayer – I give thanks for the gifts of this season, O God: for hope even in the midst of despair; for peace even in the midst of conflict; for joy even in the midst of challenges; and for love that has the power to transform and heal all things, even in the midst of brokenness. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.
To end this worship experience read the following: When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flock, the work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among others, To make music in the heart. (written by Howard Thurman)