Daily Archives: December 1, 2012

Christmas Music, Part 1 – Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

I’ve always liked Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride as a secular Christmas song 🙂  It’s not technically a Christmas song since the words never mention Christmas but it’s often played now so it seems like a way to ease into the season.

Anderson had the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July 1946;  he finished the work in February 1948.  Lyrics, about a person who would like to ride in a sleigh on a winter’s day with another person, were written by Mitchell Parish in 1950.

The orchestral version was first recorded in 1949 by Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops Orchestra. The song was a hit record and has become the equivalent of a signature song for the orchestra.


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Last Day to Order Poinsettias!


Poinsettias for the Christmas Altar

Order a plant in honor of or in memory of a loved one for the Christmas altar.

Sign up slips are located at the Sign Up Center in the Narthex.
Payment must accompany order.

Orders must be received by December 11.

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Sermon – December 2, 2012

Journey To Bethehem

Advent Sermon Series ~ Journeying to Bethlehem

Each Christmas is a journey!  We make it from wherever we are to the manger.  Mary and Joseph journeyed from Nazareth to Bethlehem on the First Christmas.  What will our journey be like?  Are there helps along the way?  How do we really prepare to receive the King? Let’s see how we might journey together so that this Christmas we find the true reason for the season — the child Jesus!

Dec. 2 Sermon – Mary of Nazareth:  Journey of Faith – Luke 1:26-38

Christmas is about miracles, love, giving, family, friends, presents.  But the first Christmas didn’t have any of these but a miracle and love.  For Mary, Christmas was a surprise that required of her a lot of FAITH.  How many of us would believe an angel?  How could we even know what an angel is and looks like?  And the message, a virgin will birth a baby?  Now that does take FAITH!  Let’s learn from Mary about how FAITH is needed and helps to bring about a holy Christmas for each of us.

This sermon is now available on the Pender Sermon Podcast series and on the home page of


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