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Sunday, November 10
Forevermore (Psalm 145)
God of Our Fathers
Faith Is the Victory
Be Strong in the Lord
How Great Is Our God (Praise Team begin/choir load up and sing)
Rehearsal CDs for Fall/Winter anthems and Christmas are now available in the choir room.
If you haven't yet filled out the green form to record your participation at the BGCO and Christmas Program, please do so ASAP so we will have a chair for you. (This is for everyone singing.)
SAVE THE DATE:
Our Celebration Choir and Orchestra will be singing for the BGCO (Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma)
on Monday night, November 11 at QSBC.
**Please be in your seat at 6:00 (session begins at 6:15) and plan on being there the whole evening.**
SET #1 - 6:45-7:05
Presentation of Colors
The Star-Spangled Banner
Salute to the Armed Forces
I Will Not Be Shaken
Victory in Jesus
Doxology (a cappella hymn)
SET #2 - 7:45-8:00
In Christ Alone
O Praise the Name
Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God (choir)
Spirit of the Living God (a cappella hymn)
NOTE: Dr. Hance Dilbeck will be preaching at 8:00.
Christmas Rehearsal and Program Schedule
- Wednesday, November 6
- Wednesday, November 13
- Wednesday, November 20
- NO Rehearsal, Wednesday, November 27
- Wednesday, December 4 - Dress Rehearsal, 6:00 pm in the Worship Center
- Friday, December 6 - Final Dress Rehearsal, 6:00 pm in the Worship Center
- Sunday, December 8 - Annual Christmas Program, 5:30 pm in the Worship Center (report to WC at 4:30)
AN OFFERING OF WORSHIP
We Have Come to Worship Jesus (Adults)
WELCOME / CONGREGATIONAL SET
Christ Is Born / Gloria (Adults and Youth)
What a Glorious Night / Jesus, Son of God / Christmas Offering (Adults, Youth and Children)
CHILDREN’S CHOIR SONGS
All Is Well (Middle School)
Christmas Fantasy (Orchestra)
Declare His Glory / Hark the Herald Angels Sing / Noel, Noel / Emmanuel / Come to Jesus (Adults)
INVITATION - PASTOR
COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: AN OFFERING OF WORSHIP
Week 5: Christmas Offering
By Cindy Wallace
The last of our multi-generational songs communicates the story of the Wisemen. And since nothing says, “Christmas Program” like children dressed as Bible characters, we will have 3 children dressed as Wisemen walking down the center aisle each bringing their offering to the baby King.
This song is also the inspiration behind the title and theme for the whole program.
I bring AN OFFERING OF WORSHIP to my King
No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing
Not only is your song an offering of worship, but the sacrifice of your time and talent is as well. Be mindful, however, that what makes it an offering is not the act itself, but the condition of your heart as you do it. That’s why it’s not the level of your skill that determines the quality of your worship, but it’s your heart attitude towards the One You worship. True worship involves self-sacrifice and fellowship with your Heavenly Father. Singing is the outflow of that experience.
Jesus, may You receive the honor that You’re due
O Lord, I bring an offering to You
Teach me, Father, to worship You
Worship in Spirit, worship in Truth
More than the praises my lips can sing
Worship is my life an offering
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Week 6: Jesus, Son of God
By Cindy Wallace
Our next song is definitely one I can speak to. Unless you’re new to the choir this year, you will remember that our next song is the one I wrote specifically for our program. But I’m sure you don’t know the story behind the song.
I knew that I wanted us to do an original song with all generations during our Christmas program. One day when James was out of the office and I was there all alone, I just quietly in my heart said to the Lord I sure would like to write a song for our Christmas program. Literally, within a few minutes I was washing my hands in the bathroom and the first few notes of the verse came to my mind. I went straight to the keyboard in my office and began to develop the melody. When I got to the chorus the words began to flow:
Jesus, Son of God, I bless Your name, Your holy name.
All because You came my life will never be the same.
I wanted to express the fact that even though His birth was humble, He is now in a place of authority.
Now You reign on high, forever by the Father’s side.
Last, I wanted words that reflect my desire that He have authority over my own heart.
Ruler of my heart, in my life be glorified.
When it came to the verses, I knew I wanted to open with the children telling the nativity story.
In a manger Jesus lay
Wrapped in swaddling clothes so tight
Shepherds in the field were watching
O’er their flocks by night
Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to say
“There’s no need for fear, good news is here
For Christ is born this day”
Yet I also wanted to bring the story forward and make application for us today, so verse 2 was crafted. And I wrote it for a women’s trio, since we already have a glorious song with a men’s quartet.
Many years have come and gone
Since the blessed Christmas scene
Yet we remember what God did to rescue and redeem
Lovingly He promised the Messiah would appear
When the time had come God sent His Son
Salvation now made clear
Then I envisioned what I think the music in heaven will be like—a wall of sound with everyone singing different parts at the same time, yet a completely harmonized and unified sound. So if you listen closely while you are singing the last chorus with the children, you’ll hear the youth choir boys singing an alternate melody based on the chorus, and the YC girls singing, “Gloria…” a variation of the phrase from the chorus of “Angels We Have Heard on High”.
After a couple of choruses, all parts become completely unified lyrically and musically. The song then ends as it began with the children singing what I pray stays with them whether or not they remember anything else about the song:
Jesus, Son of God, I bless Your name—Your holy name
In my life be glorified.
Jesus, You’re the bright and morning star
Everything that’s lovely and beautiful You are
You’re the fairest of then thousand to my soul
Jesus, You have cleansed and made me whole
And now I praise You, and now I worship You
Son of God who came to seek and save
All creation bows before Your throne
All my worship I give You alone
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Week 7: Gloria / O What a Glorious Night
By Cindy Wallace
Choir selection #3 of our presentation begins with two solo phrases in a recitative style, each portraying darkness giving way to light.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light
On those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned
Based on prophecy recorded in Isaiah 9:2, these words are now being sung as a declaration of fulfillment that segues into a stately march echoing the song of the angels on the night Jesus was born:
Gloria in excels is Deo
Et in terra pax hominibus
Which in English is translated:
Glory to God in the highest
And on earth, peace to all people.
What a song! What a declaration! Because of the birth of Christ, peace with God is now possible for all people—Jew and Gentile alike.
“For he is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In His flesh, he did away with the law of the commandments in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace. He did this so that He might reconcile both to God in one body through the cross and put the hostility to death by it.” Ephesians 2:14-16
In past programs this has been one of our multigenerational selections, and technically it still is since the youth choirs will join the adults in singing. But, this year the song will be the children’s processional. With a single banner leading the way the children will process down the center aisle and up on the steps to be ready to complete the multigenerational experience.
What a Glorious Night! begins with one of our children reciting the Christmas story as told in Luke 2:8-14 and continues with solos and the choirs all telling “the rest of the story”. It’s a story about the song of the angels and the shepherds response, culminating with the key phrase found at the end of verse 2: All were amazed when they heard how God came down on the glorious night. God came down on this glorious night.
Then just as it began with a single child’s voice, so it ends signifying this simple yet gloriously profound reality about the night Jesus was born: O, what a glorious night!
Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in Thee
God with us, O glorious treasure, poor and sinful though we be
In the form of man God was pleased to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel
Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing call for songs of loudest praise
O for a thousand tongues to sing, the glories of my God and King
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled
Love divine all loves excelling, joy of heav’n to earth come down
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling
Come, O come, Emmanuel
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Week 8: Christ Is Born
by Cindy Wallace
A prayer...a praise…a prophecy…a longing…a declaration… How would you describe our next song in the program? I would say it’s all of these and more.
It begins with a humble prayer of adoration and praise…
Lord, Most Holy, Lord, Most Holy
We worship and adore You, O Holy Child of Heaven
Then, as if searching for just the right way to address the Holy Child of Heaven, a whole catalog of theological truth about Christ unfolds…
O Holy Child of Heaven
O God Incarnate
One with the Holy Spirit, and with the Father
The Son of God, our hope, our Great Redeemer
The Prince of glory
These descriptions acknowledge:
- The character of Jesus—Holy
- Where Jesus came from—Heaven
- Who Jesus is—God in flesh
- His position in the Godhead—One with the Holy Spirit and the Father
- His relationship to God—Son
- His relationship to us—our hope, our Great Redeemer
- His position for eternity—the Prince of glory
Then the song of praise and exaltation really bursts forth…
We lift our songs of praise to Thee
Redeeming love has set us free!
In the context of re-telling the Christmas story, this song could be considered prophetical as it looks forward to what Christ was born to do—redeem! It’s kind of a preview of coming attractions in the program. And the song continues with a longing for what is to come…
We long for heaven, and for His return [another theological truth]
And we will praise Him eternally
All of this is possible because Christ was born. Hence, the joyous proclamation that follows…
Christ is born! Christ is born! Christ is born!
As Heaven is beaming down with laser point precision to this small baby in a manger, He is opening the way to Paradise for everyone who believes. The music itself paints a picture of that small shaft of light emanating from the manger that grows and grows until the skies gloriously open to all the brilliance of heaven. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” (I Timothy 2:5-6)
At just the right time God sent His Son, the hope of the world
At just the right time Jesus was born to die
For my sins He was nailed to a rugged tree
Was buried and rose from the grave
At the right time, at the right time
Jesus appeared and gave new life to me
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Week 9: Congregational Set
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus | Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners | Jesus Messiah
by Cindy Wallace
Immediately following We Have Come to Worship Jesus, we will ask the congregation to stand and join us in an “invocation” as we sing Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus. This hymn text by Charles Wesley so succinctly lays out the work of Christ expressing Israel’s longing for the Messiah and the Christian’s understanding of how Jesus fills that longing.
Come, Thou long-expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel’s strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of ev’ry nation,
Joy of ev’ry longing heart.
We see several doctrinal truths in this verse:
- The birth of Jesus was a prophesied and expected event.
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
- His mission was to set us free.
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)
- He is the source of our rest, our strength and our comfort.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. (2 Corinthians 1:5)Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
- He fulfills every hope, desire and longing of the world, the nations and the individual. (Did you notice how the writer narrows the scope with each phrase.)
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. (Psalm 67:4)
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…For He satisfies the longing soul... (Psalm 107:2,9)
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God…in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption… (Romans 8:20-21)
Verse 2 begins with a declaration regarding the work of Christ and the reason for His birth:
Born Thy people to deliver
Born to a child, and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
It ends with a receptive heart to that work:
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring
By Thine own eternal spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne
And to musically paint that picture we will raise the key and modulate to the final verse of Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners, which happens to be the same hymn tune and is a testimony for the saved and an encouragement for the unsaved.
Jesus, I do now receive Him
More than all in Him I find
He has granted us forgiveness
I am His and He is mine
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Hallelujah! What a friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving
He is with me to the end.
Following those two hymns we will end the set with Jesus Messiah—the chorus (Jesus Messiah, name above all names…) and bridge (All our hope is in You…) which will serve as a big ol’ fat PERIOD to all we sang in the first two songs and ends with this declaration: “Jesus Messiah, LORD OF ALL!”
Jesus Christ, Son of God
Rightful King over all the earth
Come and rule within our hearts
As we proclaim to the world Your worth
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Week 10: We Have Come to Worship Jesus
by Cindy Wallace
Well, here we are—ready to begin rehearsing our Christmas music. I hope you have been listening to the CD, not so much from the perspective of learning the music, but of just listening. Of course, if you have listened then you recognize many of the selections. Your first thought might be that this will be easy because of your familiarity with the songs. But in reality, that makes it more challenging. You know what they say about familiarity! My prayer for you is that you listen with fresh ears—ears that hear the message, not just the music. This section of our web page will be devoted to helping you do just that as I share with you the intent and placement of each song in our program over the next few weeks.
So, let’s dig in. The very first song anyone will hear from us on the evening of Dec. 8 is We Have Come to Worship Jesus. What a declaration we’re making right up front that this night is ALL about Jesus. In a world where Christmas means anything but “Christ”mas, we are proclaiming from the very beginning that Christ is what this night is about. Not just His birth in a manger, but His work of redemption.
Picture this, the room is darkened and the orchestra begins in tones that hint to another Presence in our midst. Bright lights come up suddenly on the choir, and the first words they hear will be an impassioned cry to the Lord, petitioning Him for help and support:
Fill this place with Your Holy Spirit
Speak Your Word
How we long to hear it
Send Your touch
The song goes back and forth from being a prayer talking to Jesus and a proclamation—sort of an explanation—to the audience about what we are here to do. No beating around the bush, just bam! This is it!
We have come to worship Jesus
With our hands lifted high
And with all of our hearts
We have asked for Him to meet us
We have come into this place to worship Jesus
Sometimes the phrasing in music chops up a thought and we miss some of its meaning. Look at these words in a sentence context: “With our hands lifted high and with all of our hearts we have asked for Him to meet us.” In other words, “We have asked for Him to meet us as we lift our hands in longing to Him. We have asked for Him to meet us surrendering all that we are.” Did you notice that the lyrics are stated in past tense? We have asked… So, this must be our prayer beginning now and going forward. We must ask the Lord to meet every person present for our Christmas program. We must ask from a heart that is longing for His presence, and one that is undivided in our loyalty to Him.
Verse 2 is a beautiful picture of not only what we will be doing that night, but also what should happen every time we meet as a church body.
[the choir] Some will sing a song that You have placed within them
[the choir and congregation] But we will all declare the wonder of Your name
[the focus] We will worship, we will worship only You, Lord
[the prayer] And from now on we will never be the same
For this to be reality—that no one leave unchanged—we must pray! First, we must pray individually that our hands are holy before the Lord, and that our hearts can say, “There is nothing on earth I desire but You.” (Psalm 73:25) Second, as a choir we must pray that our hearts will become one in worship, and that the Spirit will move and draw us (congregation included) to the cross of Christ and the throne of God. So, with humble hearts of praise, let us boldly come before Him with our petition that He would fill this place, speak His word, and send His touch.
Touch my heart as I worship You, Lord, till everything in this temple You’re making of me says, “Glory!”
Let it cry, “Glory!”
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