Choirs to Present Annual Cantata: Adore (12/18/16)

Posted by on Dec 10, 2016 in Choirs (Music), EventAnnouncement, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

For the past gazillion years, the choir or choirs at our church have presented a service of worship through words and music (i.e., Cantata). It’s always been presented on the Sunday before Christmas… at 4:15 PM. Yes, 4:15 PM! No clue where that time came from, but… It’s Tradition! It always happens!

And so another Christmas is upon us. Tradition! It always happens!

But is that all it is??? Habit? Tradition?

Christmas isn’t only a tradition; It’s an opportunity. It’s a challenge. Do we just jump into the traditions and let it slip past… again? Or do we take advantage of the opportunity to use this season to grow closer to our Lord? To make this Christmas special?

Adore.

We are called to love the Lord our God above everything else. Do you Adore Jesus? As you read through the Psalms, do you share David’s enthusiasm and love for his God?

Psalm 100:1-3 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 101:1-2 I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life — when will you come to me?
Psalm 103:1-2 Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits
Psalm 104:1 Praise the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
Psalm 105:2-4 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
Psalm 107:1-2, 42-43 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this — those he redeemed from the hand of the foe… The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths. Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord.

Adore.

David’s thoughts were always centered on God.

Jesus tells us that we are called to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30-31)

Adore.

A single worship service may not take your level of Adoration from 0 to 60 in one hour. But, it’s probably a safe bet to say that most of us don’t praise God with the same intensity as David, or that we don’t love God to the extent that Jesus is calling us.

And so, Christmas offers us opportunities to nudge the Adoration needle forward. To open ourselves up to the Holy Spirit so that we can grow closer to God through our relationship with His Son.

Adore.

Christian Singer / Songwriter Chris Tomlin has released a CD entitled “Adore.” It’s a collection of traditional and contemporary music that guides us through prophecy, birth, and worship.

 

For this year’s cantata, the choirs will present the music from this CD along with some additional traditional carols. The cantata gives witness to the Adoration of the people in the Christmas Story.

“The First Noel” “Midnight Clear”
“Bethlehem”
“A King Like This”
“Adore”
“What Child is This?”
“Perfect Light”
“He Shall Reign Forevermore”
“Noel” (come and see what God has done!)

Come and See what God has done!

It’s not just a tradition.  On Sunday December 18 we’ll have a chance to gather around the amazing story of God coming to Earth.  We’ll ponder the witnesses of those who were there, and we’ll take some time apart to simply Adore our Lord.

 

  • Date:  Sunday December 18
  • Time: 4:15 PM

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