Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Another Hallelujah

Sunday night was our guest Christmas service. We're not a traditional church and we meet in a school so this service tries to walk the balance between traditional elements (carols and readings for those that only come once a year), evangelism (preaching the gospel to those that only come once a year) and more contemporary presentations (so it feels like us - in case guests decide to come more than once a year). I think on the whole we do a pretty good job.

We had a good number of guests which is always key to the success of a guest service. The musicians did a great job and we have some very talented people for a small (ish) church.

Our theme was 'why Christmas is beautiful news' and I decided to try and make the link with this years Christmas no.1, which is Alexandra Burke's version of 'Hallelujah' (for the record the Jeff Buckley one is better). It's interesting that at Christmas we have the nation humming hallelujah, but like the song, without Jesus it's a cold and broken hallelujah.

For those of you interested you can read my talk here but we don't have the audio up yet. (I'm not even sure it was recorded).

And for your appreciation I compared the slightly depressing lyrics of Hallelujah with Lincoln Brewster's worship rewrite, Another Hallelujah and put this slideshow with it. (Tech geeks, I recommend SlideRocket for presentations). Enjoy and hope you know the presence of our Saviour with you this Christmas.


Tracy on 23 December 2008 at 22:00 said...

Hi Phil,

Thanks so much for your kind words about SlideRocket! We're glad you enjoy the software, and of course we love being recommended :).

Please continue to let us know any feedback you have. The best place to do this is on our UserVoice forum:

Happy holidays from all of us here at SlideRocket!
Take care,

David Dominguez on 24 December 2008 at 13:47 said...

Beautiful presentation. Thank you for posting it! Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

God bless you.

Phil on 24 December 2008 at 17:27 said...

Thanks Tracey and David, hope you have a great Christmas

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