Annual Area-Wide Singing Fellowship

For 18 years, my congregation has hosted a singing fellowship on the second Sunday in December.  The crowd ranges from 150-200 in attendance, which is big for NJ.  We craft a program of hymns, readings (mostly scripture, but also other), and prayers for a worship assembly that lasts a couple of hours and involves men from 8-12 congregations of churches of Christ in New Jersey.  It’s a great time.  This year we only tweaked last year’s program.

Here is the program:

Welcome    &     Prayer

Amazing Grace

Readings:        Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 2:7-8;  Genesis 2:15-22; Genesis 3:1-24

From Glorious Ruler to Lowly Servant

Ivory Palaces

If that Isn’t Love

What Wondrous Love is This?

Tell Me the Story of Jesus

Reading: Galatians 4:4-7; John 1:1-3, 14; Luke 2:1-20

Prayer-The Miraculous Birth of Jesus

Born of Mary, Laid in a Manger

Hark, the Herald Angel Sings

Angels We Have Heard on High

Silent Night! Holy Night!

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Joy to the World

Reading: John 3:14-18; Colossians 1:15-20; Luke 7:11-17

Friend and Companion on this Earth

It is Well with My Soul

I Come to the Garden Alone

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Reading: Revelation 4:1-11; Revelation 5:12-14; Revelation 21:1-4, 22:1-5

Prayer of Praise

The Gift of Eternal Life

When We All Get to Heaven

There is Coming a Day

He Has Made Me Glad

God is So Good

Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:1-4;

Lord’s Supper

Reading: “One Solitary Life”

In Loving-Kindness Jesus Came

Closing Prayer


2 thoughts on “Annual Area-Wide Singing Fellowship

  1. Ah, a well-planned time of worship and devotion. This is something we haven’t done much of in Churches of Christ. It seems like our frontier past (Shall We Gather at the River, and We’ll See What Happens When We Get There) is our comfortable norm. But a worship time doesn’t have to be overly-formalized or left only to the professionals in order to be well-planned and meaningful.

    Just go easy on responsive readings in the Northeast. They remind all of those former Roman Catholics of what they left, and that makes them feel anxious. 🙂

  2. Brian

    yeah, no responsive readings so far, but maybe some day.

    i am just glad that so many people are willing in good conscience to sing nativity hymns this close to Christmas, of course, the sad thing is, we hardly sing them any other time

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