Are you going to Church on Christmas Day?

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Re: Are you going to Church on Christmas Day?

Post by SilentDawning » 25 Dec 2011, 12:27

We went today and it was just the right length....a wonderful Christmas gift from the Church...
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Re: Are you going to Church on Christmas Day?

Post by Curt Sunshine » 25 Dec 2011, 15:34

I really enjoyed our service today.

Four people spoke about "My Favorite Christmas Memory" (each for only about 5 minutes) - and they all were simple, service-centered and very touching. There was a special musical number after each talk - two by our really good ward choir and one with our Bishop playing "What Child Is This" on the violin accompanied on the piano by one of the older women in the ward who doesn't play much but obviously loved playing that number. We ended with Silent Night.

It was a good way to celebrate Christmas.
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Re: Are you going to Church on Christmas Day?

Post by SilentDawning » 25 Dec 2011, 15:56

Our Bishop was away, and our First Counselor invited all primary children to come up and sing the first verse of Silent Night -- unprepared. Not protocol to do impromptu stuff like that -- but it was a glimmer of light for me -- the children all perked up, and were involved in the meeting. the Primary music person was there ready to show them the words in a kind of paper-based teleprompter. I thought that was a step in the right direction. My son perked up!
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"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."

A man asked Jesus "do all roads lead to you?" Jesus responds,”most roads don’t lead anywhere, but I will travel any road to find you.” Adapted from The Shack, William Young

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Re: Are you going to Church on Christmas Day?

Post by Tom Haws » 26 Dec 2011, 20:32

I went to the Unitarian service this Christmas. It was really nice. I found out that the preacher's family has been Unitarian since before Mormonism existed. ! There weren't many people there (at all).
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