To catch the full impact of the full gospel message in traditional Christmas carols -- those which tell the story of Jesus from birth through the anticipated second Christmas -- it's important to listen to all the stanzas.
The first five selections of "Carol Story" do so primarily by setting the atmosphere of the night Jesus was born to his earthly parents. The selection which best establishes the setting, like a screenplay stage directions, is "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear."
"The First Noel" is based mostly in Luke's Chapter 2 account of the heavenly host of angels announcing the birth of Christ to shepherds. (Enjoy the story.)
To get a good grasp of what happened, put yourself in place of the shepherds: You and some close pals are out camping, in your suburban backyard, or, like, hiding out on the rooftop of a parking garage. Where ever you are the sky is pretty black except for a few twinkle, twinkle little stars, because you're away from city-lights distortion. Then:
Vikki is starting the last 30 days of training for her second successive Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 7.
Besides the work (running, stretching, body strengthening), she's shaping her "VikkiThonPlaylist -- songs she'll be listening to while running. In the training process, we'll highlight some of the songs on her playlist and her thoughts of why they're there.)
"My playlist is a mix of 'church music' and 'pop music..' Some may wonder about the latter, however, in either case, Vikki says, " I'm able to hear God's voice through the lyrics."
The church we have attended for a quarter century -- where Kingdom Impact Theater Ministries was birthed -- is going through changes. In the last two years there has been a change in the leadership structure, including, in recent months, the pastoral staff on which Mike served for 13 years.
As part of those changes, Mike and Vikki are embarking upon a new season of ministry service apart from their home church. It's a frightening and exhilarating time for both our ministry and that of our church. The transition is reminding us many things about God, and more about our faith IN God through Christ.
The KIT 'n' Kaboodle Blog
The essays here are culled from our travels, conversations, worship experiences and discoveries.
Many are reprints from our newsletter, The KIT 'n' Kaboodle, or Facebook notes over time.
They're written by our ensemble, Garlan Garner, Michael Edgar Myers or Vikki J. Myers -- solo, or collectively.