Annabelle Breider, Dr. Willie C. Brown & Jake Malone
Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 9:30am
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
come and behold him, born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore him; O come, let us adore him;
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!As we head into these final days of Advent, I remember the great joy as a child eagerly counting down these last few days! As I played a special guest for our preschool children this week, I sensed their excitement about the joyous day that is almost upon us. The awe we feel in children during this season reminds us of the hope that is yet to come. As you reflect on the words of the great Christmas carol, O Come, All Ye Faithful, “O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; come and behold him…”, think of an eager child, pulling at your hand, saying, “Come on! Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!”
One of the great gifts God has waiting for us each day is the gift of music. The great reformer, Martin Luther, said it in this way, “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” This Sunday, we will share, A Morning of Music with a string quartet, our virtual choir, some special guests, and, of course, the great organ sharing sacred music to calm our souls and bring us joy. We will also have some marvelous shepherds from our congregation, bringing meditations on hope, peace, joy, and love.
I hope you’ll make it a priority to join us at 9:30 a.m. (or throughout the day) on Livestream this Sunday (participate on Facebook and have a virtual watch party with others, invite a friend on Zoom to join you through our website to virtually sing with you, or share a link to the service with other friends & family who need a bit of hope this season). Even in this virtual world, we have been working diligently to keep the gift of music alive! “O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!”
Grace, Peace, and Advent Blessings,
PS Don’t forget on Christmas Eve we’ll keep our SDUMC traditions alive and share three different services with different music and messages (check the schedule in this Enews). I hope you might share an invite with your friends and family to join you virtually this year!