This week is our Christmas Concert! We ask that all the kids meet in the Scott Room at 10:00 Sunday morning, so that we can get ourselves ready.
Following our play, we will have a party for the kids while the service continues. If you would like to contribute a snack or a treat to the party, we’d appreciate it, we just ask that they be nut free.
Reverse Advent Calendar
As many of you know, during the Christmas Concert rehearsals, we challenge the kids to create a ‘reverse advent calendar’ and collect one item a day for the food bank. This past week’s theme was ‘baby items’. We are so appreciative of all the generosity and donations that have come in during this collection. They will make a big difference in the lives of people living in Markham.
Dates for your calendar
Sunday Dec 15th – Christmas Concert presentation during service, party following the presentation
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In the devotion, Osbeck says “The First Noel” portrays in vivid narrative style the story of the birth of Christ. All six stanzas are needed to complete the entire event when the hymn is sung. The sixth stanza urges us to join together to sing praises to God for the marvels of His creation and for the salvation provided through Christ’s shed blood. The repetition of the joyous “noel” in the refrain is equivalent to our singing out “happy birthday” to someone.
It is interesting to observe that the “King of Israel” was first announced to “certain poor shepherds” only, but in the final stanza the phrases “let us all” and “mankind hath brought” remind us that Christ came to redeem the whole world.”
I hope that you feel the same joy that reached the shepherds when they heard about Jesus, and that you can share it with others this season.
Have a wonderful week,