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Magnificat – 10th Anniversary Christmas Concert

  It’s that time of year again.  Time for the Muscat Men’s Choir Concert at the St. Thomas church in Ruwi!  Wow! 10 years!  Here‘s a video of Dr. Johann Ebenezer playing the piano while the men of the choir enter.  And another video of a short singing intro.  Dr. Dev Ebenezer is an amazing conductor and puts in hours and hours of work preparing his choirs (Muscat Men’s Chorus & Muscat Christian Harmony) for Christmas & Easter concerts each year!  The first song of the evening (after the prelude, opening prayer and welcome) was Mary Rock a Your Baby, a negro spiritual song from Africa.  Pastor Jack Buteyn (RCA) singing “See Amid the Winter’s Snow” with the choir.  More videos: Amen-Chorus, Room at the Cross, Come and Behold Him, O Christmas Bells Ring, Ding Dong Merrily on High  Even more videos: MagnificatChristmas Lullaby, Sanctus, and Benedictus.  You guessed it…more vids: Lullaby Little Babe, Now Thank We All Our God,  Part of the programme including singing 2 carols with the audience: Zion’s Daughter and O Christmas Tree.  They also sang some Hindi (Sunder Raath), Tamil (Yesu Rajan Piranthare) and Malayalam (Orikkal Oru) carols.  Carina Krogh’s solo performance of “Ave Maria  His Excellency, Anil Wadhwa, the Ambassador of India to Oman, was the chief guest of honor on this evening.  He gave a wonderful speech about the need to follow Christ’s teachings if we wish for any good to come out of this world.  3 of the 4 original members of The Muscat Men’s Chorus! (started in October 1990)  There is a horrible rumor going around that Dr. Ebenezer may be leaving us in April of next year.  I truly hope it’s not true.  Carina and Dr. Ebenezer after the concert.  After a standing ovation, the choir sang this last sweet song for us: Merry Merry Christmas All  Christopher and Joy!  (One of several couples who are both in the choir! Sweet!)  The choir treated us all to tea and cake after the concert was over.  Even though they had blessed us with a WONDERFUL, uplifting evening of song & praise, the choirs could not let us leave without first blessing us.  Here it is and may you (anyone reading this) and your families be blessed at this special time of year. The LORD Bless You and Keep You (click on that last title!  :-) )

2nd Week in Advent in the PCO

  A wonderful banner taken from Luke 2:14.  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men.” (KJV) “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.” (NIV)  Jesus’ birth created praise among the angels.  God’s peace and good will are extended to those “on whom He sees fit to bestow His grace”.  Some manuscripts have the last half of this verse reading “and on earth peace among men of good will”.  The KJV’s reading expresses the divine intention to offer peace and good will to all men.  Paul, Deepa and Jessica Rajesh lighting the advent candle (of peace. this week).  Reader: We light the candle of peace to remind us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and that through Him peace is found.  Dr. Ebenezer’s choirs “Muscat Men’s Chorus” and “Muscat Christian Harmony” sang a few Christmas carols to our delight.  Don and Dotty spreading some Christmas cheer!

“Festival of Carols” – 2nd Week of Advent

  During the 2nd week of advent, there was a special combined service in the Bosch Hall of Ghala at 9:30am.  It was a service of scripture and carols with choirs and instumentalists.  Like the beginning of every Friday morning 9am service, Pastor Jack Buteyn led the children of the PCO in a short song before sending them off for “Sunday Friday school”.  The song he taught them this time was, “I am a C…I am a CH…I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N.  And I have C-H-R-I-S-T in my H-E-A-R-T and I will L-I-V-E-T-E-R-N-A-L-L-Y.”  Cute stuff and the kids loved it!  Dr. Ebenezer leading his choirs, The Muscat Men’s Chorus and Muscat Christian Harmony, during their “Christmas Lullaby“.  The Muscat Singers singing “Carol of the Bells“.  The 3rd choir, which you can only see a few members of in this photo on the far left, is the British School Community Choir.  I was not in a good spot to capture their photo so unfortunately that’s all there is.  Susan Ebenezer doing one of the 11 readings during the service.  The reading I was most impressed with was a reading/song by Vinoo Peppin/Carina Krogh.  (I really wish I captured that on video!)  Here is the text they read/sang:  Silent Night /  I heard them sing the beatiful carol, Silent Night.  How lovely the sound.  But, on another occasion I also heard them cry out, “Crucify Him. Crucify Him.”  Holy Night / On that holy night long ago, a star led shepherds and wise men to the manger.  Yet on another night some thirty years later, the same stars shone down showing the way for soldiers and thugs to Gethsemane.  All is calm / The calmness of the night of Your birth brings to mind the calmness You showed, as all about you throng demanded Your death.  All is bright / The reverent brightness of that nights contrasts the darkness which came over the whole land until the ninth hour.  For the sun stopped shining, and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Round yon virgin, mother and Child / The image of one at peace.  Yet now I see You on that cross, LORD.  Those long thorns piercing Your scalp.  Your Holy brow dripping with sweat and Your Holy blood.  Holy infant / And carrying Your own cross, You went out to the place of the skull.  Now those huge awful nails, tearing through Your holy hands and feet.  And in spite of all the pain and agony which You experience, You suffer even more as You see your mum crying at the foot of the cross.  So tender and mild / Then in total agony, You gasped, “My God, my God.  Why have You forsaken Me?”  But as You glance at the crowd and then to the heavens, You ask Your Heavenly Father: “Please forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do.”  Sleep… / And there You breathed Your last.  Dying a death which I deserved.  Jesus, You died for my sins.  You were sinless, yet you chose to take on my sin.  You loved me that much that You died for me when I was yet a sinner.  In heavenly peace… / When will we get it?  When will our hearts and souls be touched by this Holy Saviour, Jesus Christ?  When will we turn from ourselves and our wicked ways and, in peace, turn to You, Jesus?  Sleep in heavenly peace. / Mia culpa, mia culpa.  Mia maximum culpa.  Please forgive me.  Please forgive me.  Please wholeheartedly forgive me.  I love You, LORD.  An appropriate choice by the PCO banner team as “Joy to the World” is the most-published Christmas hym of North America.  Interestingly, Isaac Watts wrote the words of “Joy to the World” (based on Psalm 98) as a hymn glorifying Christ’s triumphant return at the end of the age, rather than a Christmas song celebrating His first coming as a babe born in a stable.”  Another awesome banner rightly created for this festive season!  “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” (John 15:11)

So far, it’s been a great Christmas season here in Oman.  We’re looking forward to upcoming events/concerts at the PCO!

“Amazing Love”

concert poster  Another wonderful Easter concert with The Muscat Christian Harmony and The Muscat Men’s Chorusebenezer and concertcarina and choir  Carina Krough vanial  Vanial Hruaia playing “Amazing Grace” on the violin ebenezer conducting  The music director, Dr. Dev Ebenezer, doing what he does bestjack and ebenezer  Pastor Jack Buteyn doing a solo-”The Agony” (From Stainer’s Crucifixion)speech  I SERVE A RISEN SAVIOUR    “I serve a risen Saviour, He’s in the world todayI know that He is living whatever men may say, I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer And just the time I need Him, He’s always near… He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.  Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing; Eternal Hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King; The hope of all who seek Him, The help of all who find, None other is so loving, so good and kind.”

2nd Week of Advent: PEACE

Christmas Concert in Ruwi Church

On Sunday, Dec. 7th, during Ruwi Church Service, the service had music led by Muscat Mens Chorus and Muscat Christian Harmony.Lighting Peace Candle

One of our church families lighting the 2nd candle of Advent: The candle of PEACE.

The First Candle- HOPE-The PROPHETS foretell the coming of a Messiah.  (song-”Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child”)

The Second Candle-PEACE-The SHEPHERDS hear and share the Good News (song-”Rise Up Shepherds and Follow”)

The Third Candle-JOY-The ANGELS announce Tidings of Great Joy (song-”Hark the Herald Angels Sing”)

Fourth Candle and Christ Candle-LOVE-CHRIST THE SAVIOUR is born.  WISE MEN visit the Holy Family (song-”Silent Night”)

Carina Doing Solo in Ruwi Church

A solo of O Holy Night by Carina Krough

From church bulletin:  Last week we lit the first candle in our Advent Wreath, the candle of hope.  We light it again as we remember that Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, will come again to fulfill all of God’s promises to us.  The second candle of Advent is the Candle of Peace.  Peace is a word that we hear a lot.  It is one of the things that we hope for.  Christ brought peace when He first came to us and He will bring everlasting peace when He comes again.  The prophet Isaiah called Christ “the Prince of Peace”.  When Jesus came, He taught people the importance of being peace makers.  He said that those who make peace shall be called the children of God.  We light the candle of peace to remind us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and that through Him, peace is found.  (Congregation-”Peace is like a light shining in a dark place.  As we look at this candle, we celebrate the peace wefind in Jesus Christ.”)

Favorite lines from “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”:

“Born that man no more may die,

Born to raise the sons of earth,

Born to give them second birth.

Hark! The Herald Angels sing,

“Glory to the new born King!”