My favorite Christmas things…

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This is a new one this year…

Every year we go to the Christmas Eve services at church, which I love and really look forward to… except that I am usually a little preoccupied with the dinner that is either in the oven or the dinner that we frantically just finished so we could get to church early to worship and serve.  The Mister always has to arrive early to serve the Lord’s Supper and I’ve been busy with playing in the orchestra a few times.  And then there are all the people… friends who have come back to town to be with family… kids home from college.  I LOVE seeing everyone that night!

There is usually a Christmas program earlier in the month, which is always nice, too.  And then there are the Christmas programs, parade, and concerts that we end up at with the kids.

But this year our church did something a little different.  Last night we had a Christmas worship service.  Many of the songs were new but many were sweet songs we’ve always sung.  The words to EVERYTHING were on the screens so that we could sing along as we wished.  As our worship minister said in the beginning, it was nice that we were all there but they would have been just as happy singing for the One who would be in the audience whether we were there or not.  Isn’t that why we do what we do?  For Jesus?

It was great to sit and worship without the stress of the holidays or the dinner or the company or getting there early.

To be honest, I was teary through the first three or four songs.  It was just lovely being there and worshipping.  But then we sang a Christmas version of “How Great is our God.”  And I was a puddle.  In our family we have always made an effort to put Jesus at the forefront of Christmas.  The worship last night was exactly what my heart needed.

The wonder of a babe,
Born the world to save
O hear the angels sing,
Hear the angels sing. 

Emmanuel is He,
Come to set us free,
A baby, yet a King,
Baby yet a King! 

How great is our God,
Sing with me How great is our God,
And all will see
How great, How great Is our God! 

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