Two recaps today – one for our Christmas Eve service – and one for yesterday – Sunday the 26th.
Our Christmas Eve service has developed into quite the tradition. This was my 8th Christmas at Oak Mountain, and I’ve tried to instill some sort of “traditional” songs for oak mountain, during Christmas Eve. Having said that, much of our programming is the same, with just a few variations. We have, since i’ve been here, had two services. The first is always full band, and the 2nd is a stripped down acoustic set. Both services have the same programming.
The Means family (Roger, Lynne, and Carlee) have sung with me for the past 5 or 6 years (I think) and always do an incredible job. It’s a great way to wrap up the month and the season.
We opened Christmas Eve with O Come Emmanuel, Light of the World, and O Come All Ye Faithful.
We then sang Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Here I am to Worship, Angels from the Realms of Glory (to the tune of Lady by Little River Band), and Away in a Manger.
Carlee then sang Welcome to Our World, followed by a reading of the Christmas Story from both gospels. Lynne followed that up with O Holy NIght, and yes – the tune at the end was from Eric Clapton’s Layla.
After a homily from Bob, we sang O Christmas Tree (yes, really- but you need to hear the homily to understand why), and Silent Night.
Yesterday (Sunday the 26th) we opened with a song I wrote called Awake My Soul.
After our call to worship we sang Your Grace is Enough, Come Christians Join to Sing, Center, and In Christ Alone.
Our offering song was Come Quickly.
I’m on vacation this week – spending time with family, looking forward to a busy and productive 2011.