Join us on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30 PM to go out caroling!
The act of singing and traveling to different homes comes from an ancient tradition. In England, the word wassail — derived from the Old Norse ves heill meaning “be well, and in good health” — came to mean the wishing of good fortune on your neighbors. No one is quite sure when the custom began, but it did give us the song, “Here We Come-A-Wassailing” — sung as carolers wished good cheer to their neighbors in hopes of getting a gift in return. (“A Wassailing” also evolved into the popular “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” — its last verse, “Bring us some figgy pudding” stems from the wassailers’ original intent.)
The two traditions of singing and visiting first merged in Victorian England, as church carols began to merge with Christian folk music. Many of today’s most popular carols date to this period. Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern published in London by British lawyer William B. Sandys in 1833, was the first to print “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “The First Noel” and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.” “Joy to the World” first appeared in the Anglican Church hymnal Hymns Ancient and Modern in 1861.
Saint Francis Assisi plays a major role in the history of Christmas Caroling, as he is the person who made Christmas Carols an important part of the church services. It is said that Saint Francis Assassi introdced the carols in the church during a Christmas Midnight Mass in a Church in Greccio, in the province of Umbria in 1223 and the songs sung that night were more similar to carols rather than hymns.
Most of the carols tell us a story, it may be about the birth of Jesus Christ or about the tradition of gifts or any other story associated with Christmas. But the common factor among them is that either their themes are related to the festivity of Christmas or they have a religious side to it. Christmas carols provide the opportunity to express the feeling of joy and happiness. So the carols are primarily of a joyful nature.
Join our next Potluck & Hymn Sing on
Sunday September 23 at 5:00 PM.
Bring a dish to pass and be prepared to make a joyful noise!
Scientists are currently exploring the physiological and psychological benefits of singing with promising results. Most recently, a November 2017 study of self-reported data from 1,779 choir members around the world provided “confirmatory evidence to support choral singing as a means of improving well being,” the authors wrote in Perspectives in Public Health. Participants claimed making music fostered social connection, cognitive stimulation, mental health, enjoyment, and transcendence. Singing can enhance your mood and create a sense of group identity, Stephen Clift writes in Music, Health, and Wellbeing. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/news/a47211/singing-health-benefits/
Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. What researchers are beginning to discover is that singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits. Study after study has found that singing relieves anxiety and contributes to quality of life. It turns out you don’t even have to be a good singer to reap the rewards. Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out. It is the one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guaranteed. http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/
SO JOIN US… and be Transformed!
Join us as we welcome the Ruis family to our community!!!
We will be having a potluck following our morning worship service. The Fellowship Committee will provide all paper products and beverages. Each family should bring a dish to share.
We are excited to announce our new online church directory!
It contains most church members, staff and some active friends of the church. The directory is password protected and only available to members of our church family. You control how much information to share.
We think that the church directory is the second-most important book you own (after your Bible!) because it keeps before your eyes your “brothers and sisters” in the church family. God has called you to stir up particular people to love and good works. He’s called you to encourage certain people every day until it is no longer called today. Your rub elbows with these people each week at church or in your small groups.
A photo directory is also a wonderful tool as it will also contain birthdays. If you are like me and forget when your own birthday is, it really helps to have an at home reminder of when our friends turn another age older-though of course they don’t look it! A phone call or a simple note or card on that day is a blessing to them, all because you took out a directory to see who had birthdays this month. Another important time in the life of members is anniversaries. Most directories include them as well and the same joy and appreciation is there for those whose anniversary is commemorated by others too. Using the directory for these purposes actually helps a congregation grow closer together as life’s moments are recognized and shared.
It gives every member a practical tool to aid in prayer and encouragement. Make it part of your family’s devotions. Maybe your family picks one person each night or one person each week and prays for him or her. This practice teaches your family the importance of loving and praying for those with whom you’re running the race. You may also want to pray for missionaries your church supports. Few other practical resources can help every member in your church love one another by praying for each other. So if you have a directory, start using it.
You can access this directory on your computer, laptop, tablet, or cell phone. Copies can also be printed. Download the app by searching CTRN Online Directory in your app store.
Log in information will be coming in an introductory email and in our Sunday Bulletin!