This Sunday evening Charles Town Presbyterian Church will once again host the annual Christmas Joy Service. This annual worship service highlights the contributions of our very talented music ministry. Each year, this special service is a little bit different. Some years it has featured bell choirs, other years the emphasis has been on vocal choirs, and many years there has been a combination of musical offerings.
This year, the Christmas Joy Service will be a wonderful celebration of the Christmas season featuring bell choirs, our vocal choir, the children’s choir, some duets, and a couple of solo pieces. Considering that we are still searching for a music director, this has been nothing short of miraculous. Our congregation owes a great debt to Penny Liston, Mark and Debbie Stafford, and Jessy Allowatt, who have collected planned, directed, and fostered the music ministry of our church during this interim period. What a blessing to have such willing and talented people to lead us in worship!
The Christmas Joy Service is about far more than the music ministry of our congregation. The most important purpose of the service is to share the good news of Christ and his coming. The great story of Christmas is often expressed through music, and so the Joy Service allows us the chance to tell the story of Christmas through the gift of music.
Another purpose of the Joy Service is the collection of the Joy Gift, a special offering of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The long-standing nickname of this worship service, “Joy Gift,” comes from this aspect of the service. The Joy Gift is collected by Presbyterian churches all over the country, and it is disbursed to two areas of need. Half of it goes to fund ethnic scholarships at Presbyterian-related colleges and universities. The other half helps individuals who have retired from service to the church who are facing extraordinary medical expenses not covered by insurance.
I hope you are able to join us this Sunday at 7pm. I also want to encourage you to invite friends and family to come be part of this great worship experience! There will be a wide variety of musical offerings, readings, and congregational singing all designed to make the Christmas season more meaningful for all who attend. After the service, we will have a reception in the church fellowship hall.
I hope to see you at the Christmas Joy Service!