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FRONT PAGE  |  6/23/2021
SUNDAY, DEC 27, 2020  |  14 comments
Churches Quietly Bring Music to Christmas Eve
“The thing about music for Christmas is it’s hard to keep people from singing” when they know the words by heart, says Jeremy Helmes, chair of the board of directors of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, a group that supports musical liturgy.

To avoid the temptation to sing, some have discussed the possibility of picking lesser-known carols in lieu of more compulsively singable tunes like “Joy to the World,” he says. Other measures include skipping wind instruments and adding more services to spread worshipers out at a safe distance. Mr. Helmes’s parish in Cincinnati, for example, is holding four Christmas Eve Masses.

“It’s going to be a real slog for clergy and musicians,” he says. “It’ll be a joyful slog.” ...

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News Item12/29/2020 10:21 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
No name wrote:
...they could’ve started their long journey before the bright star ever appeared and finished their journey around the time Jesus was born.
My problem is more that such an early visit to Jesus might've given Herod time to hunt him down before Joseph and Mary finished waiting 8 days and circumcised him at the Temple. Note that Herod was after babies 2 yrs and younger, not a week old or so. Besides, Matt. 2:11 says they visited a [presumably rented] *house*, not the inn. Surely they didn't close that deal until the next day at the earliest.

Luke doesn't mention their sojourning in Egypt.


News Item12/28/2020 11:47 AM
No name | Just south of Memphis  Find all comments by No name
Neil, not saying you’re wrong but you could be. It is possible that the wise men had been studying the stars and realized that multiple would align to make a very bright star. If this is so they could’ve started their long journey before the bright star ever appeared and finished their journey around the time Jesus was born.

Just a thought.


News Item12/28/2020 1:00 AM
Chrisgp from England | England  Find all comments by Chrisgp from England
Please see my comment on Spurgeon and Masonry, and on psalm singing churches and COVID restrictions. It was put wrongly in the Nancy Pelosi news item thread.

News Item12/27/2020 8:40 PM
Gay M Allen | Wisconsin  Find all comments by Gay M Allen
wow, Thank you again ladybug, God bless you.

News Item12/27/2020 7:04 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
I wonder if there would be fewer covid cases if Psalms were sung rather than hymns? I would suggest it is less important to know the answer when we haven’t figured out that there is no evidence that singing spreads disease more than talking or breathing. Opinions, even opinions of alleged experts, are not evidence.

News Item12/27/2020 6:47 PM
ladybug  Find all comments by ladybug
Here you go Gay - "Consistent with Spurgeon's rejection of 1 John 2:3-5, Spurgeon taught that a person can be caught in the "bondage" of the false religion of Catholicism and still be one of Christ's sheep...

"What Protestant can refuse to love the holy Bernard? Was there ever a more consecrated servant of God or a dearer lover of Christ than he? Yet he was most sorrowfully in bondage to the superstitions of his age and of the Romish Church". (Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 29, p. 192, March 25, 1883)- from


News Item12/27/2020 6:45 PM
Rahatul Ashiq Tamal | Netherlands  Contact via emailFind all comments by Rahatul Ashiq Tamal
Very welly said. I found rhythm here.

News Item12/27/2020 6:42 PM
Gay M Allen | Wisconsin  Find all comments by Gay M Allen
Thank You ladybug, I think in there are also things he said that were pro Catholic, at least I'm not the only one to see this and think it's not good.

News Item12/27/2020 6:06 PM
ladybug  Find all comments by ladybug
I have seen it. I would say compare his usage of words to that of occult practices. Spurgeon loved to rail against 'arminianism', yet he delighted in its false teachers, even considering them worthy of being numbered with the original twelve. That SHOULD sound some alarms...

News Item12/27/2020 5:51 PM
Gay M Allen | Wisconsin  Find all comments by Gay M Allen
has anyone seen this facebook page called "Charles Spurgeon Uncensored"
It purports to quote Spurgeon and prove he was a Mason and a deceiver. the thing that gets me is that there are pics of him and his son posing using the hidden hand. this is frightening to see, is it true? or chock full of lies? what about his masonic ties?
Does anyone have the courage to look upon this and explain to me?

News Item12/27/2020 3:22 PM
Adriel  Find all comments by Adriel
""known carols in lieu of more compulsively singable tunes like “Joy to the World,” he says""

Why do they reject God's ordained praise in the Book of Psalms??
Not good enough?
Or better "entertainment" by sinners available?

Why don't they sing the psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs from the Bible praise Book which God wrote - the Book of Psalms?

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."


News Item12/27/2020 2:46 PM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Today at my Baptist Church during Adult Sunday School the subject matter was The Protestant Reformation Part 4(John Calvin's Influence). Then during the service the sermon was given by Pastor Steve and was titled "passages" from Luke 1:34-35. The sermon was about the changes the Virgin Mary went through raising Jesus. Then at the end of the sermon Pastor Steve gave an Altar Call and invited anybody in the sanctuary and watching online who had not received Jesus as their Lord and Savior to do so.

News Item12/27/2020 10:12 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
If you're going to celebrate Christ-Mass alongside these Catholics, at least sing hymns with true lyrics. "The First Noel," for example, says there were 3 wise men when in fact the number is unknown, and further, they could not have visited the night Christ was born.

Christians are supposed to care about truth, yet many popular hymns have such weaknesses.


News Item12/27/2020 12:59 AM
Chrisgp from England | England  Find all comments by Chrisgp from England
As I have stated on other related news stories in SA, it has been one of the most appalling things in this whole COVID 19 crisis, that secular authorities aided by compromising and complacent church authorities have succeeded in silencing the church. Communist China, which exported the virus to us and has silenced its churches by force, must be jubilant and laughing at us in the “free West” all the way to the bank, as we have done virtually the same thing!! Universally in neatly all countries, everyone in church, (where they are allowed to open), has to wear a mask, yet despite that we are still not allowed to sing!!! This is contrary to scripture. If those useless masks were any good,(and remember we are spaced out into household “bubbles” and forbidden to fellowship), we would be able to sing loudly without any possibility of “infectious contact”. Will our pastors and the people in the pews still be completely obeying the authorities in a year’s time suppressing their voices from praising the Lord?!!
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