June 25, 2017
Matthew 10:24-39
Romans 6:1b-11
Genesis 21:8-21

In praise of praise

First Sunday after Christmas Day

Wayne Brouwer
Schuyler Rhodes

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Our English word "carol" emerged from the public celebrations of late Medieval France. It was originally a term used to describe joyful singers circling a flute player. While the subject of the ballads in those early years of "caroling" could be anything that brought a smile to the face and a lilt to the heart and a jig to the step, the word was quickly tied to the singers of Christmas and their songs in praise of God who did wondrous things in the incarnation of Jesus.

So it is that the music of Christmas is now always "caroled." Caroling is the singing of wonder, praise, and joy. One of the great preachers of the past said that when we speak of ordinary things, any old face would do, but when telling the story of salvation, only a radiant smile could communicate the message.

A woman remembered going with her father to a hospital on a Christmas morning as he conducted worship...

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