I became a pastor in the United Methodist Church in 1972. The local church I served (officially credentialed in those days with my signed and sealed "License to Preach") dedicated a weekend of that Advent to celebrate the birth of the Savior - with a passel of singing children standing before the little congregation and belting out the songs of the season.
That was 40 years ago, and every Christmas since, I've invited the children of the congregation to stand before the gathered church and celebrate Jesus' birth. It's always a special day when the congregation gets to worship the Christ Child and bless the children God has entrusted to our care.
Here's a glance at a few of my photos from the weekend.
Sing to God a brand-new song,
praise him in the company of all who love him.
Let all Israel celebrate their Sovereign Creator,
Zion’s children exult in their King.
Let them praise his name in dance;
strike up the band and make great music!
And why? Because God delights in his people,