Hymn Stories: Silent Night

 
 

While most of us have sung the sweet carol “Silent Night” at our church in Sydney Mines, how many of us know the rich history of this song? This year celebrates the 200th anniversary since Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber composed it on Christmas Eve, 1818.

 

Here is the incredible story of the carol that, for a brief moment, stopped World War I.

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How to Find True Joy At Christmas

 

We’ve all met a Scrooge at one time or another. Whether they’re decrying the price of turkeys this year or complaining about the incompetence of government, Scrooges are no fun to be around. They have a remarkable talent for sucking every last drop of happiness and joy out of the Christmas season. Instead of rejoicing, they are bitter and miserable. How can we avoid becoming one of these Scrooges? How can we rejoice even if this Christmas is going to be tougher than usual?

 

Here’s what we need to remember so we can find true joy at Christmas.

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What Christmas Teaches Us About Patience

From the dawn of hope in Genesis to the long-awaited birth of the Messiah, the story of Christmas is a story of patience. God’s people waited centuries for the Promised One.

What can we learn about patience from the Christmas story? Here are 3 key principles.