Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Cantata

Rain was coming down pretty hard during the morning service. As I ushered people at the door, I kept looking up at the sky, hoping to see a sign that the rain might stop before the evening service. The rain never stopped. In spite of the rain, many peopled showed up for the annual Christmas cantata.

This year’s cantata theme was “How Great Our Joy”, and the congregation had an opportunity to sing along with the choir. This made for a much more enjoyable event. We had two youth from the Korean congregation join the cantata, making our choir more youthful and also more multicultural.

As Pastor Chris was reading the Christmas story from the Bible in English, Korean words were projected on the screen to accommodate the Korean audience. It was so nice to see different ages, different races and different language groups come together and be able to sing together such songs as “Joy to the World”, “O little town of Bethlehem”, and many more. After the cantata, we had a fellowship with delicious finger food. I probably ate half of 250 dumplings which the Korean pastor’s wife made.

What a joy to sing and fellowship with our brothers and sister in Christ. Gloria, in excelsis Deo!