Monday, December 21, 2009

It's Monday!

Good morning Team,
Yesterday was a wonderful Christmas Sunday as we gathered together to worship the newborn King. Thank you to Miss Cheryl and the Wee Naz Kidz for the Nativity recreation and to Ari Manwaring and the Naz Kidz singers for adding "Away In a Manger." Add the Owego Naz Worship Band and Praise Team and wonderful Christmas songs and we have an awesome worship celebration. Pastor's message that Christ came for all and the Owego Naz Worship Choir's finale brought it all home! And here's a surprise... if you go to our website and listen to the end of the podcast, you'll hear Tiffany and the choir's rendition of "Go Tell!!" Check it out:

Our most special service of the year is on Thursday night at 7PM. The Christmas Eve service will include all the elements that prepare us for Christmas Day...
Christmas carols
The Christmas story from the Bible
Special music
Pastor's Christmas message
Candle lighting to "Silent Night"
"Joy to the World"

Check your email this week and I'll give you information and times for all participants.

Coleen and I want to express our thanks to all of you for your generous gifts and expressions of love. We are blessed to be a part of the Owego Naz family and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

As you start this week, purposefully allow the specialness of the season to guide you through your days. Choose to dwell on the news that the angels announced and then be the angels to those you are with this week.



Monday, December 14, 2009

It's Monday!

Good morning team,
I always have mixed feelings the Monday after we do a musical. I'm excited with the satisfaction that you all did a magnificent musical and that we touched so many lives over the weekend. I'm relieved that we pulled it off again. I'm sad, because I love the preparation and rehearsal road we travel to get to this point. But there's good news...EASTER'S COMING!! I especially like completing our Christmas musical because we always head to Florida after Christmas and I get to listen to Easter music on the beach...the hot, sunny beach!

But Christmas is still yet to come. We have 2 more special times that the Owego Naz worship team gets to celebrate. This week is Christmas Sunday and we will be singing, "Go Tell" in the second service. We will NOT rehearse this Wednesday night. Meet in the choir loft on Sunday at 10:40am for a run through.

Then, perhaps, the most special service of the year is our Christmas Eve service at 7PM. We will allow you to sit with your families for most of this service and then we will sing "One Child" as the introduction to Pastor's message. As always, the candlelight finale will be awesome.

"I vow to worship you this Christmas Day,
I'll stand and say,
'Glory, glory to the Highest in excelsis Deo.'
I pledge to celebrate the meaning of this holiday
Giving praises to the beauty of your holy name."

"More than anything I do, more than anything I say,
More than anything I say or do, I worship You.
More than any card I write
More than any Christmas light I light
More than any gift I give
I'll give you my praises from morning to night!"

May it be so, Lord Jesus!


Monday, December 7, 2009

It's Monday!

Good morning Team,
A special time yesterday as we gathered to worship the King. As you know, I'm all about preparation and rehearsal. While these are essential elements in our worship arts program, they don't replace the power of the Holy Spirit leading us. It was a good morning!

Tonight...6:30pm - 8:00pm... The Owego Naz Worship Choir will rehearse for Rejoice! Woohoo!

Wednesday... 6:15 - 7:45pm... The Owego Naz Worship Choir will rehearse for Rejoice! Hooray!!

Friday... 7:00pm... The Owego Naz Worship Choir presents "Rejoice!" a soulful Christmas musical. A cookie and coffee reception will follow in The Gathering Place.

I want to remind you about the power of a personal invitation. No amount of advertising is as effective in getting people to attend an event as a personal invitation. When you invite a friend, neighbor, co-worker...anyone, that invitation says, "You are important enough to me to get a personal invitation." Think now...who can you invite to our musical on Friday or Sunday? Send an email, text, phone call, or verbal invite right now to those you care about. The message of Christmas is life changing!