Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rehearsals for December 2

It's time!! "The Tree" is next weekend and there are a lot of rehearsals this week.

The main rehearsals where we will work out (review) where you stand when you move and those kinds of things are Sunday, December 2.

Here's the schedule:

Rehearsals for Sunday, December 2, 2012

2:30 – Wise men and attendants and banner carriers (walk through and costume assignments)

3:15 – Shepherds (walk through and costume assignments)

3:45 – Call for choir

4:00 – Choir in “the Tree”

4:45 – What Will You Do with Jesus soloists

5:30 – Opening song 
            Reindeer, carousel riders, Broadway dancers, shoppers, etc.

6:00 – Cowboys and girls and cloggers (handbells know their part so they can miss this rehearsal)

6:30 – Do You Hear What I Hear? (dance and costume assignments)

7:00 – A Baby Changes Everything

Tuesday night, Dec. 4, the orchestra rehearses at 6:00. Soloists are invited to come practice with the orchestra. We will start at the beginning and play straight through, so if your solo is toward the end of the program you could come a little later than 6:00.
Choir members can come sit in the pews and sing along if they would like an extra singing time.

The first Dress Rehearsal (without orchestra but with choir - straight through, no stopping - is Wednesday, December 5, at 6:00. All actors should be in costume that night.

The Full Dress Rehearsal with orchestra is Thursday night, Dec. 6, at 6:00. Choir members should be ready to load the tree at 5:52.

Send me a note on facebook or an e-mail or call or text if you have questions.

Share this info with those you know involved in "the Tree."

See you Sunday!!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christ the King Sunday

Baptists don't typically follow the traditional liturgical calendar with all of its festivals and prescribed readings and prayers. We expect our local church pastor to preach the Word as God speaks to him each week. I'm happy to say that I have a Sr. pastor (preacher) who faithfully delivers a message from God week by week. There is nothing wrong with following the liturgical calendar. We just as a general rule don't - probably because of its roots in the Catholic church and our Baptist forefather's desire to make sure we were NOT Catholic.

But we do follow the traditional liturgical calendar to some extent: we celebrate Christmas and Easter. Many of us make sure that we at least sing songs about the Holy Spirit on Pentecost (7 weeks after Easter) and in the last 30 years or so many Baptists have discovered the joy of anticipating Christmas by to some form or another observing Advent. For that matter, even more recently, many Baptists have begun observing Lent as they prepare for Easter.

Another festive day that I personally have observed for many years is Christ the King Sunday. My congregations don't know it, but they have been observing it too! Surprise!

In the church calendar Advent is celebrated or observed for the four Sundays before Christmas. The first Sunday of Advent is considered the first Sunday of the year.

What most of us don't know is that the Sunday before Advent (therefore the last Sunday of the year) is Christ the King Sunday.

Here are some verses from the New Testament that refer to Jesus Christ as King. (this was taken from wikipedia)
The name is found in various forms in scripture: King (John 18:36-37), King eternal (1 Timothy 1:17), King of Israel (John 1:49, Mt. 27:42, Mark 15:32), King of the Jews by Romans and Magi (Mt. 2:2, Mt. 27:11, cf. John 18:33-37), King of kings (1 Tim 6:15; Rev. 19:16), King of the ages (Book of Revelation 15:3) and Ruler of the kings of the Earth (Rev. 1:5).

So on Christ the King Sunday I like to lead our congregation in singing great songs about Jesus Christ as King.

Tomorrow at Hilldale we will sing:
Rejoice, the Lord Is King with Sing and Rejoice! (this will be on our new CD)
followed by
Sing to the King

Then our choir will sing Psalm 24 which is a great song taken from (duh) Psalm 24. (also on our new CD)
" Lift up your head,
 lift up your voice,
 lift up your heart
 come rejoice
 that the King of Glory may come in"

We'll end our congregational singing with
All Hail King Jesus
You Are My King

I hope you'll join us tomorrow in singing praise to Jesus Christ the King of kings.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rehearsals for Sunday, November 25

Some of you may be out of town for Thanksgiving, but for everyone who is in town, here are the songs and group rehearsals for this Sunday, November 25.

4:30 - A Baby Changes Everything - dancers
5:00 - "The Tree" Choir
6:15 - Cowboys and Cowgirls, homeschool handbells, soloists and choir
6:30 - A Christmas Celebration
7:00 - Wise men, attendants, shepherds
7:30 - Do You Hear What I Hear? dancers

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rehearsals for Sunday, November 18th

Rehearsals for November 18

3:00—Do You Hear What I Hear?

Middle School Actors and Dancers
3:30—What Will You Do with Jesus?
Lynn B and elementary soloists
4:00—Adult Choir

4:00—A Baby Changes Everything

H.S. Dancers

5:00—Sing Noel! Sing Hallelujah!

Angels—elementary age through adults

Thursday, November 1, 2012


It's time to sign up for parts for "the Tree!"
These two pictures give a sumamry of most of the parts needed.
Send me an e-mail and let me know which part your child is interested in and then plan on bringing them to church THIS Sunday afternoon, Nov. 4.
Click on the pictures to enlarge them and make them easier to read.


Links to Posts about Saints

Today, November 1, is All Saints Day. It is every year. So I searched through my blog posts for "Saints" and found several posts over the years about "saints."

I've re-posted this one several times.
Today Is Your Day

At the end of that post I mentioned the special "Saints hand signal" that I figured we all need to learn.
Here's what I found out about the special "Saints hand signal."  Saints Update

I also ran across one of my favorite posts about Family Television (I mentioned "saints" in that post.)
It is one of my favorite posts because it's actually about worship, not TV. If you only read one of these posts I hope it will be this one. Family Television

My first thought of how to end this post was to say, "Have a blessed day as one of God's saints." But instead I think I should turn it around.

Go be a blessing to someone today because you are one of God's satins.