Anti-Santy Ranty



Santa is Coming to Town vs. Jesus Came to Little Town

The contrast between Claus narrative and the Christ narrative, John Piper:



Joy to the World

Sojourn’s Music’s arrangement of “Joy to the World”



I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Casting Crown’s Version:

The lyrics originate from the poem “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, written on Christmas day in 1863. But the original was not a feel-good song but one born in grief. Longfellow’s wife had died in a fire in 1860. And on December 1, 1863, the widower received the news that his eldest son, 19-year-old Charley, had been nearly paralyzed by a gunshot wound fighting for the Union in the Civil War. It was with that background that he penned this poem about the dissonance between the Christmas bells, the singing of “peace on earth,” and the world around him of injustice and violence—ending with the hope for eschatological peace.

 

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,

and wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,

And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;

“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on the earth, good-will to men.”

 



The Story of God

The Story of God in ten minutes, written and performed by Matt Papa.



The Christmas Scale

A good illustration! Wait till the end.



Christmas Flash Mob by Journey of Faith

An excellent Christmas flash mob by Journey of Faith at South Bay Galleria. A wonderful way to present the gospel of Christmas.

 



Horeb MTC Inaugural Service

The first service of our parish named as Horeb Mar Thoma Church was held on October 7, 2012. This service was led by our Thirumenis Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa and Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathews Mar Makarios Episcopa. The service was followed by a felicitation program and dinner.



SAMC Family Night

The South Area Mar Thoma Congregation celebrated its first Family Night on Sep 22nd at the Acker Hall at Garden Grove United Methodist Church. It was an evening of fellowship, filled with fun, food, songs, skits and various other performances in a informal setting. Each one of the members from young and old participated to make this an evening to remember. Ms. Susan Mammen was the convener for this event.

Here is a complete list of videos containing performances at the Family Night.

 



Sevika Sangham Day Sermon – Role of Women in Faith

The South Area Mar Thoma Congregation celebrated its first Sevika Sangham Day. The sermon was given by Jaya Kochamma on Sevika Sangham Day. Role of Women in Faith with Focus on Role of Women in Faith. She emphasized on the virutues of Love, Faith & Confidence, Humility, Obedience and quoted examples from the life of Ruth, Esther and the mother of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Mary.