Month: December 2008

In Touch Prayer December Week 3

Please join me in lifting up In Touch Ministries each week.  Take care and God bless you, – Briggie ^i^

 

PraiseIn Touch’s executive team and board of directors recently approved a plan that will allow “In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley” to reach 500 million homes worldwide.  Praise God that more people around the globe will have the opportunity to see and hear Dr. Stanley deliver a clear presentation of the gospel on television and radio.   

PrayerThe handheld, solar-powered International In Touch Messenger contains 35 of Dr. Stanley’s most powerful sermons.  The ministry plans o produce Messengers in several languages.  Pray that God would direct these audio players to people who have not heard the gospel and who have limited or no access to sound biblical teaching.

Prayer Update – Evey Campbell

Hello Saints and Prayer Warriors.  Just a few short weeks ago I asked you to lift Evey Campbell up in prayer, and today I have both sad and joyous news.

Evey has gone to be with her heavenly Father.  We mourn the loss of a beautiful woman and sister in Christ and rejoice her joining those who have gone before us to be with Jesus.

Please lift her family and friends up in prayer as they grieve her passing from this world and help them to rejoice her going home.

I am sure Evey is singing and praising God and rejoicing her new spiritual body that has no sickness or death pinning it down.

Are Those Bells I hear?

Said the night wind to the little lamb, do you hear what I hear?!  Uh, yeah, I hear those sleigh bells jingling ring ting tingaling too, and those Silver bells and let’s not forget about those Jingle Bells but the bells I’m referring to are those of a Wedding kind…

Somebody’s getting married!!!!  It’s official, my daughter Daniele accepted the marriage proposal from her boyfriend Chris!  How awesome is that? 

I am so happy for both of them!  Chris is a wonderful man and his family is so sweet and kind and of course they are getting a totally awesome, beautiful, gifted, talented, funny, charming, loving, giving, kind and  generous, soon to be wife and daughter in law!

This is my first born and the first of my children to be engaged so I’m kinda clueless as to protocol so any advice you can give will be deeply appreciated.

It looks like they’re planning either a Spring 2010 or Fall 2010 (of course I prefer the latter) wedding and I know it’ll be here before we can blink.

Here is the happy couple – image aren’t they just too cute??

 

Here’s Chris on one knee – image awe, look she’s so happy….image and what’s so cool is that he asked our permission for her hand in marriage before he proposed to her!  He made some brownie points on that one – and he gets major kudos for the bling….. image

So now the question is, anyone got a few grand laying around they aren’t gonna use???  If so send it on over here….hehehehehhe

As things progress, I’ll update everyone. 

The Story Of Silent Night

Last week I shared the Legend of the Candy Cane.  This week I’m sharing the Story of Silent Night.  I hope you enjoy it.  Take care and God bless you with the peace that only He can bring…Briggie ^i^

 

 

There have been many stories of the origins of the Christmas carol “Silent Night, Holy Night.” One of the most popularly told one is as follows:
In the winter of 1818 at St. Nicholas’ Church at Obendorf, a village near Salzburg, Austria, Joseph Mohr, the assistant to the priest, faced a dilemma. It was just days before Christmas, and the church organ which was so important to providing music for the Christmas services was broken. Since the organ repairman was not a local of the village it would actually be months before the repair could be made, and Christmas would be long past.

His solution to the problem of the broken organ resulted in one of the most popular Christmas carols of all time. In 1816 Mohr had written a simple poem that the villagers could understand expressing the wonder of the birth of Jesus. He asked his friend Franz Gruber who was the organist at St. Nicholas to write music to accompany his poem so that they could sing it together using a guitar to accompany their singing.

chapelThey first performed their newly composed Christmas carol at the Christmas Eve midnight service on December 24, 1818. It did not instantly receive the worldwide recognition it has come to know, however. It was not until years later in 1825 when Carl Mauracher was rebuilding the organ at St. Nicholas that a handwritten copy of the words and music was found in the organ loft.

Mauracher was from an area in the mountains of Tyrol which had many traveling folk choirs who performed throughout Europe. He carried the carol back home, and it became a popular song with the choirs as they traveled and spread its popularity wherever they went.

In some versions of the story it is told that mice had eaten the bellows of the organ. Others say that Gruber himself had broken the organ. It is believed that there was frequent flooding of the area that caused rust and mildew to affect the condition of the church organ often making it unplayable. It is actually not known however if the organ was truly broken at Christmastime of 1818. Some say that Mohr simply wanted a new carol for the service and was fond of the guitar as an instrument. Some stories tell that both the poem and the music were hastily written that Christmas Eve. A manuscript for “Silent Night” in Mohr’s hand was discovered in 1995 which is dated 1816. In the manuscript Mohr credits the melody used for the carol to Franz Gruber.

Whatever the details of the circumstances, Joseph Mohr’s and Franz Gruber’s contribution of Christmas music for their village’s Christmas Eve midnight mass gave us all the beautiful “Silent Night, Holy Night.” submitted by Janice Hayen

 

holly and ivy The lyrics of the carol appear on below and reflect Joseph Mohr’s spiritual joy.  Oh, that the real meaning of Christmas would grip us this season as it did him!

As you consider the angel’s proclamation: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11), remember that these words are for you, just as much as they were for the shepherds who first heard them.  Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem on that silent night signaled the beginning of His earthly mission to save us from our sins.  This mission included His sacrificial death on the cross, His glorious resurrection on Easter morning, and His ascension into heaven forty days later to reign as the eternal King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  holly and ivyAnd the reason for His coming to earth?  Love.  He loved us that much! “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

 

Silent night! Holy night!

All is calm, all is bright

‘Round yon virgin mother and Child,

Holy Infant so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace!

Sleep in heavenly peace!

Silent night, Holy night!

Shepherds quake at the sight!

Glories stream from heaven afar,

Heav’nly hosts sing, “Alleluia!”

Christ the Savior is born!

Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night! Holy night!

Son of God, love’s pure light!

Radiant beams from Thy holy face,

With the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth!

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth!

In Touch prayer December Week 2

Please join me in lifting up In Touch Ministries each week.  Take care and God bless you, – Briggie ^i^

 

PraiseIn Touch’s executive team and board of directors recently approved a plan that will allow “In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley” to reach 500 million homes worldwide.  Praise God that more people around the globe will have the opportunity to see and hear Dr. Stanley deliver a clear presentation of the gospel on television and radio.   

PrayerPray that the international department would acquire the best possible air times to broadcast TV and radio programs.  Ask God to provide reasonable costs and adequate funding for In Touch to reach the most people possible for Jesus Christ.