This week we wrapped up our Advent series, "Simple Christmas." Pastor Joe Hishmeh shared about our simple purpose of worshipping and glorifying Jesus Christ, and the simple priority of the gospel in and through our lives. You can listen to or watch the entire messages and services here. Here are our service plans from this weekend:
Weekend Services Welcome/Call to Worship "Angels From The Realms Of Glory" (C) [James Montgomery, Henry Thomas Smart, my arrangement] "Joyful (The One Who Saves)" (C) [Edward Hodges, Henry van Dyke, Ludwig van Beethoven, w/ chorus & bridge by Brenton Brown, Jason Ingram] Greeting Time/Announcements Message - "Simple Purpose" [Joe Hishmeh] "What Child Is This" (Em) [William Chatterton Dix, my arrangement] "O Holy Night" (C) [Adolphe Charles Adam, Placide Cappeau, John S. Dwight, my arrangement] "Glorious One" (C) [Steve Fee] Dismissal
Christmas Eve Call to Worship "Joy To The World" (C) [Isaac Watts, arr. by Bill Horn] Welcome/Announcements "O Holy Night" (C) [Adolphe Charles Adam, Placide Cappeau, John S. Dwight, my arrangement] "O Come Let Us Adore Him" (D) [Matt Crocker, Autumn Hardman, C. Frederick Oakeley, Ryan Taubert, John Francis Wade] Message - "Simple Priority" [Joe Hishmeh] "What Child Is This" (Em) [William Chatterton Dix, my arrangement] "Silent Night" (A) [Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr, John Freeman Young] Dismissal
Thoughts: There won't be much detail this week - I'm technically on vacation... ;) This was a beautiful weekend, as we celebrated the incarnation of Jesus together as a church family. Our volunteers were incredible, and we had a lot of fun serving our church together. Our weekend services came together powerfully, and our Christmas Eve services were probably the greatest (and most unique) I have ever experienced. Eight services in three days was challenging and rewarding, and the church sang like crazy for most all of it. It was truly incredible. Once again, I really loved being able to sing our Advent songs together for these past four weeks. I love singing these great old songs in new and fresh ways, and to help our church see the gospel in them.
God is so good, and I am so thankful and blessed to be a part of this great church!
I hope you all had an amazing Christmas celebration with your family, friends, and your churches!