Prelude Blog

Intentionality in This Unusual Christmas Season

Posted on Dec 2, 2020 9:00:00 AM by Sarah Hawbecker in Music Ministry, in Christmas

December 2020 will be like no other holiday season we have seen in our lifetimes. Gatherings are limited, and singing is prohibited. We church musicians are accustomed to being extraordinarily busy during this time, often to the point of exhaustedly cranking out notes and crossing each musical concert or service off our list. This Advent and Christmas, my schedule is drastically reduced. Is this a loss? Yes, but could it also be a gift?

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Two Biblical Canticles

Posted on Dec 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM by Tim Shaw in Christmas

Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)

When Mary heard the good news—that Jesus was coming and she would be his mother—her world was turned upside down instantly. From that moment on, everything in her life was different from what she had imagined. Her plans, her hopes, her dreams were all challenged. At first, the angel’s words did not make sense to her. How could she give birth to a child—the Child? But Gabriel reminded her that all things are possible with God, he reminded her of the truth she already knew about God, and Mary responded in humble obedience. 

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