I know Christmas day isn't even here yet, but it has been a fantastic season--one of the best ever!
Glorious, December 7
The return of Glorious attracted over 3,000 people to kick off the season with worship. It was amazing and humbling to see people of all ages from all walks of life come together for a multi-generational modern worship experience. I am very proud of our modern worship band and our modern worship leader, Andrew Carr, for putting together such a worshipful experience.
Singing Christmas Tree, December 12-14
Then, with just a few days to get everything switched from one look to another, the Singing Christmas Tree proved itself yet again a community tradition with over 10,000 people attending the 5 performances. I'm honored to serve with such a talented group of singers, musicians, and dancers.
Our production team, running on caffeine and Christmas spirit, worked tirelessly to put together 2 well-executed, impressive productions that solicited such wonderful feedback from so many of you. They're the magic behind the scenes, and I'm so grateful for their hard work and creativity.
The spirit of the season, the encouraging and positive remarks, the promises to return and significant spiritual conversations will make this a Christmas that should have eternal impact.
A special thanks to all of you who participated in our productions, gave of your time and effort to build the tree or tear it down, assist the Children's Choir, open doors or hand out programs, help our guests or offer a hot cup of cocoa.
And...a special thanks to all of you who attended Glorious and/or the Singing Christmas Tree and those of you who helped us spread the word, invited others and brought guests with you. I pray all who attended were led to begin their Christmas season in a spirit of profound worship and adoration of the greatest gift ever given, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Now for the bow on our Christmas at Shandon celebration...
Christmas Eve Services
I'm so very excited about the Christmas Eve services on Wednesday, December 24 at 4 & 5:30pm. During these special services we'll hear the Christmas story read by various church members, sing our favorite carols, celebrate the Lord's Supper, and have our traditional candle lighting as we close with Silent Night. This has become a tradition for many, many people at Shandon and we expect to enjoy a great evening together as a church family.
These are exciting days at Shandon with even more exciting days to come in 2015.
Minister of Music & Worship Arts