On this first Sunday of advent, our worship this morning was led by the band, and band sergeant David Kendall.
The band provided two pieces as the call to worship this morning. This first Christmas Flourishes (Darrol Barry), and the second the flugel horn solo Away In A Manger (Peter Graham), played by Lynn Shanks.
During worship the band contributed two further items. The first a beautiful arrangement of Mary Did You Know? (by Buddy Greene arr. David Catherwood).
Mary did you know that your baby boy will some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.
Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.
Oh Mary did you know
The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am
Later in our meeting we played Prelude on ‘Quem Pastores’ (Geoffrey Nobes) which is the tune we associate with these words:
Jesus, good above all other,
gentle child of gentle mother,
in a stable born our brother,
give us grace to persevere.
Jesus, cradled in a manger,
for us facing every danger,
living as a homeless stranger,
make we thee our King most dear.
Jesus, for thy people dying,
risen Master, death defying,
Lord in heaven, thy grace supplying,
keep us to thy presence near.
Jesus, who our sorrows hearest,
all our thoughts and hopes thou sharest,
thou to us the truth declarest;
help us all thy truth to hear.
Lord, in all our doings guide us;
pride and hate shall ne’er divide us;
we’ll go on with thee beside us,
and with joy we’ll persevere.
Before David shared the message with us, we were also treated to a vocal solo from Marjory Watson entitled Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne.
Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
When Thou camest to earth for me;
But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room
For Thy holy nativity.
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.
David asked us not to get carried away with the busyness of the festive season, but instead make sure we took time to remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
To conclude this morning’s worship the band played the hymn tune Jesus Name Above All Others which was featured in our earlier contribution to worship (Prelude on ‘Quem Pastores’).