Congratulations to our Joyful Noise Children’s Choir for their outstanding Christmas Joy Program of music and drama last Sunday, Special Delivery. Hearing the Christmas story through our children’s voices is one of the best ways to move the heart and soul. Thanks to Nancy for her great musical talent, the PK leaders for their leadership, and the parents and grandparents who brought their children to all those rehearsals. We are blessed with a bunch of wonderful little angels around here; thanks be to God! I also want to thank everyone who purchased Christmas gifts from the Angel Tree. I am sure that the kids at Wilburn School and Salvation Army will be very pleased.
As Advent carries us along to Christmas, I always marvel at the transforming effect this season has on people. Yes, we overdo the decorating and the commercial side of Christmas, but the generosity of God towards humanity seems infectious. I am always amazed to see so many dig so deeply into their hearts and wallets to express their gratitude to God and others by being so generous. I suppose this is why Christmas is such a special time: we rediscover that giving really is more gratifying than receiving – although receiving a gift from a loved one with genuine gratitude also deepens the relationship.
I hope you will join us on Sunday as the Chancel Choir presents Under a Starry Sky, a Christmas cantata of original music and drama that will lift your spirit and warm your heart. I am grateful for Nancy and Frank’s musical leadership and for all the time the choir members and actors have put into this. What a labor of love! On Christmas Eve we will hold two services, our Family Bell Service at 5:00 p.m. and our traditional Candlelight Communion Service at 7:00 p.m. If you are town, I hope you will join us for one or both of these special services.
In the meantime, I pray that all your preparations go well and that you will arrive at the finish line in good shape. Thanks for all you do to make our church a loving, welcoming place of worship, fellowship, and service.
Along with your wrapped ornament to exchange, please bring a donation for InterAct. Their program is dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic and sexual violence in Wake County; they save lives, rebuild lives, and secure safer futures for victims and survivors and their families. InterAct's urgently-needed list includes body lotion, body wash, baby body wash, bottled water, insulated water containers, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, paper towels, twin XL sheets, women's socks, women's underwear, gas cards, microwave meals, and granola bars.
Thank you to everyone who donated!
Trinity stored all the gifts for Wilburn from our members and the New Hope Road Alliance. The children had their party, and everyone had a wonderful time!
MUSIC SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER
Dec. 14 – Dress Rehearsal Chancel Choir and full cast for Christmas musical in sanctuary 10 AM
Dec. 14 - Music Department Christmas party at Amber Young’s house at 6 PM – bring food to share.
Dec. 15 – Christmas musical for worship
Dec.18 – No rehearsals until the new year for Chancel Choir, Children’s Choir, and Bell Choir
Dec. 22 worship and Christmas Eve – Chancel Choir sings a selection from the Christmas musical for each service.
Dec. 29 - Special music in worship, no choir in worship