O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. - Psalm 96:1

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Name the Christmas song these lyrics come from:
 
"Let us adore him"
 
"Pa rum pum pum pum"
 
"Sleep in heavenly peace"
 
"Thy leaves are so unchanging"  
 
"Pray for peace, people everywhere!"
 
"Close by me forever"
 
"Are you listening?"
 
"The hopes and fears of all the years"
 
"Then one foggy Christmas Eve"
 
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What song(s) are you singing this season?
Keep singing!
 
Have you ever been the recipient of Christmas Carolers?
There are few blessings like it.
We need your help to multiple the blessing.
 
Please place this on your calendar - ten days from now.
We will visit church members and friends who are shut-in or for any number of other reasons need to know that they are cherished.
 
PUCC Christmas Caroling !
Saturday, December 17th.
Two opportunities - come to one or both!
 
AM Caroling from 9-11am
[Pizza Party at PUCC from 11:30am-12:30pm]
PM Caroling from 12:30-2:30pm
 
We will have songbooks and everything else you will need!

Please RSVP to Paul Roesler if you will be with us for lunch - so we know how much PIZZA to order.  proesler@charter.net

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Then the singing enveloped me. It was furry and resonant, coming from everyone's very heart. There was no sense of performance or judgment, only that the music was breath and food.  Anne Lamott
 
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Holy One, let me pray the words we sing this season. Help me to keep some of the words in my mind, heart and spirit as I release the songs into the world. And if I am unable to sing for fear confounds or grief grips me from time to time, allow me to hear and feel the songs of others that can wash over me and bless me beyond measure. Amen.

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You may want to check out this free too!

Jazz Noel: A Christmas Meditation
December 18, 4:00 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ
10 West Lockwood Ave.
Webster Groves 63119
   
 
Experience the Christmas story through the arts-jazz, painting and poetry. Jazz Noel is a Christmas meditation blending the music of the Oîkos Ensemble, the artistry of painter Michael Anderson, and the poetry of Cliff Aerie, in a worshipful setting.
 
The Oîkos Ensemble  (www.oikos-ensemble.com) is a national jazz ministry under the direction of its founder and saxophonist, the Rev. Cliff Aerie. Oîkosfeatures some of St. Louis' most talented jazz musicians-Carolbeth True (piano), Glen Smith (bass), Brian May (drums), Tim Osiek (trumpet) and featuring vocalists Kim Fuller and Arianna Aerie. Oîkos has  performed at more than 300 faith-based communities around the country. Grammy Award winner Paul Winter has said,  "I salute Cliff Aerie and the Oîkos Ensemble for their inspired music and mission. They are serving the world with their song."
 
Michael Anderson's  ( www.michaelandersonstudio.com ) lengthy career as a designer, illustrator and artist continues to lead him in new artistic directions. His body of work includes murals, paintings and digital art. The inspiration for most of his works is simply the way the light falls upon the earth. Michael is a member of the Missouri Plein Air Painters Association, the St. Louis Artist's Guild, and Art St. Louis.
 
Cliff Aerie (www.worshipjazz.com) is a musician, storyteller and minister, inviting others to embark on the journey of discovering the imaginative landscape of the soul, Cliff has a uniquely varied background in the arts and ministry. He has performed at international jazz festivals, hosted Jazz Alive on NPR, acted Off-broadway, pastored five congregations, founded an experimental arts ministry, and worked as a media producer before serving as Special Events Producer for the United Church of Christ.  Cliff has been leading jazz worship services for more than forty years. His latest project, in collaboration with Tim Osiek, is  Worship Jazz , creative jazz arrangements of familiar hymns.
 
Jazz Noel  is free and open to the public with a reception to be held afterwards. A free-will offering will be received to support local mission. Jazz Noel is the final event in a year-long celebration of First Congregational Church's 150th Jubilee Year. For additional information call the church at 314-962-0475


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