Okay, tell me what you love and hate about being a worship leader st Christmas.
Your absolute worst experience and your favourite time of all time.
The thing I hate is when the pastor says, 'We need to talk about the Christmas carol service'. Something inside me just dies. I think it's because my husband and I were converted at and through a Christmas carol concert done WELL (ie with the Gospel message central) and since then, so many we've been involved in have been wasted opportunities for mission. People like their traditions and they like to do things the way they've always been done. And generally, the fluff outweighs the truth.
Odd moments still happen that I love, though. Like 4 people singing parts for 'Let all mortal flesh keep silence' in a darkened room lit by candle-light...hair on the back of my neck stood up for that one.
Over to you.
well my dear sister i am so happy celebrating Christmas and so happy that our SAVIOR was born. all i am praying for is that people will understand what Christmas is all about.
Unless Jesus will be born in your heart you will never experience the true christmas.
I was once involved with a Bikers carol service.
The organisers were Christians and it was in a chapel but we had garden candles down the isles and a Harly inside the building. The band weren't Christians as I remember but they did play a set of the own stuff after the service. That was so any bikers who didn't like the service just might not think the whole thing was a flop. It was fun as well.
We had persuaded guys from all sorts of bike clubs to do readings, some were Christians but most weren't. I'm not sure whether it was the first or second reader who stumbled a bit but got through his reading. His mates started to applaud him for making the effort and everybody joined in. This continued for the rest of the service carol, reading applause.
It touched me. Here were a group largely made up of non Christians going into a place of worship that I had certainly never been before.
Wow, that has touched me too. Thank you for sharing David.
While I'm thinking Bikers and Christmas, it has been my custom to go on the "Reading Toy Run". The concept of "Toy Runs" probably started with the idea of giving bikers a good press for once but turned out to be good fun. The concept is basically meet up somewhere with toys/gifts ride in convoy to a worthy cause and give the goodies to misfortuneate children. That has become a biker subculture thing. In some places Christian Bikers have managed to sneak in a very short gospel presentation.
One of the biggest in the south of England is the Reading Toy run With a regular turnout of between 1000 and 2000 Bikes, Combinations, Trikes and Things. The toys are taken to Dr Barnardo's at Wokingham. Having sampled the atmosphere when nominally 1500 people give things away, and I would guess most of the bikers aren't Christians but if the "Lord loves a cheerful giver" he must be there.