Dear Friends,

I am starting anew on my blog, after the adventures of last week!  I logged in to the blog, and nothing was there!  I contacted the FH Times, and Brent immediately contacted Duke, their tech guy, who contacted FH Times' tech company.  In a day or two, they found the blog and put it back up.  However, I was advised to make a new blog entry each time I enter something rather than simply adding to the original.  Hence, this separate entry.

So, these past few weeks, I have been pondering and talking with others about the difference between worship and entertainment.  We are worshiping God on Sunday mornings, but we also as humans want to enjoy what we are doing.  We appreciate quality worship that also moves us.  And we want to respond to it, either by saying "Amen!" or clapping or something.  

The issue has come up here around our music, which is so wonderful, and around this year's Advent sermon series on the classic Christmas movies.  We have had some guest instrumentalists to work with our choir, and I am speaking about the movies as they are, but then noting that they need to be added to and enriched by the true Christian message of Christmas, that Jesus our Savior is born!

I think people here know the difference between worship and entertainment.  We add to our worship with special music this time of year.  We add to my sermons with images on the overhead screens, but we know we are not watching a movie for entertainment.  Those images enhance what I am saying, and the worship experience is the richer for it.

Let me know what you think, even as you join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 8:30.  Also, our Christmas Eve service is at 9 p.m.  It is a simple service of Lessons and Carols to tell the story of Christmas, no screens, no images, just the Word, and candles and "Silent Night" at the end.

Grace and peace,


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