If you missed out on the Children’s Christmas Program last night, you missed out on a LOT of fun, and awesome, entertaining, worship with the youth and children of Marshfield Christian Church. All of the kids did an awesome job, and many thanks go to the many, many adult helpers who made the evening such a resounding success.
As I was looking through the programs again this morning, however, I noticed one glaring omission. Ashley Crawford, our director and coordinator, didn’t list herself in the program. While her humility is touching, I simply cannot let all of her hard work go unrecognized! So, please join me in taking a moment out of your holiday festivities this season to give Ashley a big “THANK YOU!” for all of her hard work in making last night’s program a resounding success.
In addition to missing out on some very nice performing by the youth and children, you also didn’t get the chance to hear Joseph Stewart read the Christmas story to us from Luke. You missed out on some beautiful piano playing by Kaelynn Thompson (I think we’re going to have to ask her to play again!) And (if I may say so) Kaia Ruth played a very nice rendition of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” on the trombone. There may even be a trombone quartet in our worship sometime in the future!
The fun-ness (you really had to be there…) didn’t stop in the sanctuary, but spilled over into the Fellowship Hall with cookies, punch and coffee! Thanks go out to the many elves who worked to provide the refreshments and to turn the space into an inviting environment for fun and celebration. It was great to set out extra tables and chairs for all the guests!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the special guest who took time out of his busy schedule to stop in and give gifts to the children. When Jolly Santa entered the room you certainly knew it! The excitement in the young children’s faces seeing Santa Claus really lit up the room. He handed out some very nice presents filled with candy and fruit and visited with all the little girls and boys.
But Santa didn’t stop there, even some of the older girls and boys took pictures with jolly old Mr. Claus. Especially smile-inducing was when Flora Phillips sat on Santa’s lap for some pictures! See, if you weren’t there, you really missed out on some good times!
And there are still several more holiday celebrations to come this season. In addition to our morning worship services next Sunday night we will have our annual “Longest Night” service. This quiet and deeply meaningful service is a time for us to acknowledge that the holidays bring more than joy and presents into our lives. They also remind us of those who are not present at our celebrations. All the joy and festivities have a tendency to heighten our awareness of our grief as well. So, I invite you to join with me in bringing those sorrows and that grief to God, as we open our hearts to receive the gift of Christ.
And, last (but certainly not least) we will have our annual celebration of Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve. Join us as we sing those familiar Christmas hymns and hear again the story of the birth of Jesus. What Christmas season is complete without gathering with friends and family to sing “Silent Night” while surrounding the sanctuary with the light of candles and the glow of loving faces greeting our savior once again? I truly hope you’ll join with us in worship during this most special time of year.