January 11, 2018
Pullman Christmas Concert
A Christmas concert was held at the Apostolic Faith Church in Pullman, Washington, on Sunday, December 3. It was a wonderful time to share the story of the birth of Jesus through music. The choir and orchestra members had several practices in preparation for the concert, and a special prayer session was held on the prior Friday evening, after which everyone pitched in to decorate the church for Christmas.
Around seventy-five people attended the concert, including the mayor of Pullman, Dr. Glen Johnson, and other city leaders, as well as staff and students from Washington State University.
The first part of the concert featured orchestrations such as “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” and “The First Noel.” These were followed by vocal selections, “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Sweet Chiming Christmas Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “O Holy Night,” “O Christmas Tree,” and “Hear the Bells.” Then the congregation joined in singing Christmas carols.
During the intermission, some of the Sunday school children sang “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” holding stars in their hands. They also sang “I’m Gonna Wrap Myself Up for Christmas,” demonstrated by wrapping themselves in big boxes and presenting them to Jesus. This was a reminder to the congregation that the best gift we can give to Jesus is our hearts. Lee Spakousky highlighted the importance of Christmas by giving a short exhortation on “Jesus Is the Reason for the Season.”
During the second half of the concert, the youth orchestra played “Canon in D” and “What Child Is This?” The attendees were thrilled to see the youth praising God with their musical instruments. Several vocal selections were presented from the choir, ladies’ choir, youth choir, and a bass soloist, including “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” “Come On, Ring Those Bells,” “Christmas Medley,” “Show Me the Star,” “Mary, Did You Know?” and a combination of popular Christmas carols. The concert ended with a “Joy to the World” medley.
All who attended were blessed by the concert. The mayor remarked, “What a special way to start the season!” God’s Spirit could be felt, and many from the community said they were inspired by the concert. Please continue to pray for the Pullman congregation as they sow the seed of the Gospel in that area.