Sometimes when you walk into a church the overwhelming feeling is that of worshipful calm. There’s organ “mood-music” in the air, people gather reverently and quietly, candles are lit, and children are hushed if they make any noise….
Then there’s our church! Worshipful, yes; quiet, no! If there is such a thing as a worshipful buzz, then that’s what you’re going to find at WFPC. Yes, we have candles, and surely the presence of the Lord is in this place, but it’s an electric sense of anticipation and fellowship and joy and expectation.
But we do settle down, we enter into the spirit of worship, we sing, we pray, and we listen to the message. Yet always, just beneath the surface, there is this sense of animation and of life that wants to bubble up and overflow!
So the third Sunday in Advent was a good day! Great music, great togetherness, great message, great buzz.
Lessons & Carols:
Then Rebekah and I drove up to Richmond to see our daughter, Naomi, sing with her church choir. Three congregations got together – Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, to share a “Lessons & Carols” concert.
The music was beautiful, but what really grabbed my heart was to see Naomi singing with such joy.
And that – apart from posting these photographs – is all I have to say for this morning. Sing With Joy!
Sing the Christmas story and let the deep and abiding truth of God’s love simply wash over you. Let the meaning of God Emmanuel seep into the core of your celebration. And – if they want to – let the tears come, and allow God to embrace you.
It’s the last week before Christmas. Peace and more peace – DEREK
You can watch Rebekah’s message at this link – WFPC Live!
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.