Friday, December 21, 2018

WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN


While in New York, we attended a service of Lessons & Carols at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.  This church was formerly pastored by the great theologian Tim Keller.  The church has services in several locations across the city, but the one we chose was adjacent to Central Park in Manhattan.  

The service was attended by many nationalities~a melting pot of the world.  In the traditional Carols & Lessons service, scriptures leading to and including the birth of Jesus are read and carols which tell the story of those scriptures are sung.  Each scripture was read in a different language with the words printed in the Order of Service to follow along.  The flow of the language from around the world all told the same story~the story of the New Born King.

The sanctuary was a doomed room with wonderful acoustics.  There were songs by the children, specials by the choir and orchestra, and congregational carols which made a joyful sound of praise. The beauty of a packed room raising their voices in one accord was reminiscent of what those angels must have sounded like all those years ago.

The conclusion of the service was the "Hallelujah Chorus" performed by the choir and orchestra.  What a send off.

I worshiped in New York--and in the midst of strangers--I felt the presence of The Lord.  Surely when we all get to heaven this is what will great us.  All of us together--praising Him--and singing of His greatness.  Saints from all nations, all walks, sharing our common belief in One Great God.  It was a beautiful glimpse of what we have to look forward to--when we all get to heaven.

Praise the Lord, all people on earth,
praise his glory and might. 
 I Chronicles  16:28

4 comments:

  1. Praise the Lord, all people on earth, praise his glory and might.
    I Chronicles 16:28

    Amen.

    God bless you, Lulu.

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  2. And may He also bless you, Victor!

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  3. What a powerful, meaningful worship experience you've described here, Lulu. Yes, a foretaste of heaven!
    Blessings!

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    1. At the top of my NY experience list, Martha!
      Blessings, My Friend!

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