The last Sunday before Christmas began the day before with a very successful time of sharing with the families that Sharing and Caring pointed us to. We helped them through the holiday season and that culminated with the delivery of the Christmas presents and holiday foods. Tears and laughter, and a feeling that New Hope had walked with Jesus were the order of the day. Bunny and I were still in Macon, but I could feel the Holy Spirit's work when I talked to those who were on hand.
So we came to worship with worship already underway.
"How Many Kings" by Downhere - a new song for us, and a great one
"Joy to the World"
"Angels We Have hear On High"
"The First Noel"
and then... "Revolution" by the Beatles :) - the close of our "Let It Be Christmas" emphasis this Christmas season.
followed immediately with "Our God Saves"
The idea was to use the secular to enhance the understanding of the sacred. I really think it worked well. It really helped me explain why revolutions not enabled by the Holy Spirit do not achieve anything good or lasting.