Merry Christmas


November 30, 2011

It Began On Christmas Day ~ Song

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It Began On Christmas Day

Song-   By: Susan Y Nikitenko


Jesus Once A baby in a manger long ago;
Was sent to earth from heaven, For  God, He loved us so.
God gave us a Christmas Gift that lasts a whole life long;
For Jesus died for us, arose, and gave us a song.

Jesus was born,
Jesus grew,
Jesus died,
Arose anew.
Jesus lives;
And He forgives.
He made a way.
He made a way....
And It began....
On  Christmas day.

It was A Merry Christmas to the world on that day;
Jesus came to the world to wash our sins away.
Jesus once a baby rocked and loved in Mary's care;
Now is the Risen Savior that holds us very near.

Jesus was born,
Jesus grew,
Jesus died,
Arose anew.
Jesus lives
And He forgives.
He made a way.
He made a way....
for  me and you.

The promised gift of salvation was given in love;
The  sinless Lamb was provided by our God above.
Jesus grew, He suffered and understands our ev'ry need;
Jesus knows our grief, our pain our loss, and our plea.

It was A Merry Christmas to the world on that day;
Jesus came to the world to wash our sins away.
Jesus once a baby rocked and loved in Mary's care;
Now is the Risen Savior that holds us very near.

Jesus was born,
Jesus grew,
Jesus died,
Arose anew.
Jesus lives
And He forgives.
He made a way.
He made a way;
And It began....
On  Christmas day.



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November 28, 2011

Hallelujah, Hallelujah ~ A Christmas song



Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Angels in the clouds on high;
Brighten up the night time sky.
Shepherds listening to them sing;
Telling of the newborn King.


The Shepherds fall to the ground;
Frightened by the sudden sounds.
Fear not, we come with tidings anew;
Christ was born for all including you.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah;
Our Christ the King has come.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah;
Gods one and only Son.

They find the new born baby;
Mary rocking him gently.
Joseph standing closely by;
While they heard a lullaby.



The cows are softly lowing;
The star above is glowing.
God's presence is all around;
Shepherds worship on the ground.


Hallelujah, Hallelujah;
Our Christ the King has come.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah;
Gods one and only Son.

As the night grows lighter;
And the baby lays asleep.
I almost hear  Mary sing;
Glory to the new born King.


Her heart is full of praising;
All those around her gazing.
Upon the holy child born;
Early that first Christmas morn.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah;
Our Christ the King has come.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah;
Gods one and only Son.

Kings have traveled oh so far;
Following a bright new star.
Baring gifts fit for a king;
Gifts of cost and love they bring.


A long road of suffering;
They long to see the new born King.
Wise men seeking something more;
They seek the promised Savior.


Hallelujah, Hallelujah;
Our Christ the King has come.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah;
Gods one and only Son.

He came for me and for you;
On that Christmas holy day.
A Gift from heavens thrown;
The greatest gift ever known.


Was sent from God on Christmas;
Emanuel God With us.
Our Savior, Our King, God's offering;
Let us worship, Let us sing.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah;
Our Christ the King has come.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah;
Gods one and only Son.

Song By: Susan Y Nikitenko
November 28th 2011



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November 27, 2011

The Heart Of Christmas




The Heart Of Christmas  


When Christmas bells chime;
When Christmas lights shine;
We know that your birthday is near

When candles are glowing;
And outside it's snowing;
We know that Christmas time's here.

When children are singing;
And ornaments swinging;
We rejoice in your coming to earth.

When we hear the true story;
How  you came  from glory;            
We celebrate your miracle birth.

More than a gift... from heaven;
More than a star aglow;
More than a little baby;
But a Savior we can know.

More than a story of old;
More precious than valuable gold;
More than a day called Christmas;
But riches in Jesus untold.

He was born to give His life away.
He was to die for us one day;
For through His blood our debt was paid.
This!  The heart of... Christmas day.


When Carols are sung;
And door wreaths are hung;
We know that it's time to prepare.

When grandma is cooking;
And little ones looking;
We know that it's that time of year.

When the Christmas tree shines;
And we gather to dine;
We  know your birthday is here.

More than a gift... from heaven;
More than a star aglow;
More than a little baby;
But a Savior we can know.

More than a story of old;
More precious than valuable gold;
More than a day called Christmas;
But riches in Jesus untold.

He was born to give His life away.
He was to die for us one day;
For through His blood our debt was paid.
This! the heart of Christmas day.


Song ~  By: Susan Y Nikitenko


November 27th 2011



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November 18, 2011

A Precious Story ~ Joan Clifton Costner


A Precious Story


(Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas)

Come now, children, learn a precious story -
How the Christ Child came;
We were lost sheep struggling in an endless maze;
But the Lord looked down on us in mercy,
Chose a priceless plan:
He would give His All and buy us back again...
Mary, choosing to do His will -
Labored hard until...He came!
Even birthing the Son of God,
In a stable in the hay....
So God placed His Baby in a manger -
Told the shepherds why;
Then He hung a new star in the highest sky
To tell us He sent Jesus Christ to you and I....
(Back to bridge)
Now we tenderly say His name
Knowing ours to gain...the Prize!
And we walk with Him day by day,
Keep the Son shine in our eyes....
End with this:
We will love our Jesus Christ, our Savior
We will follow true,
Here’s our heart, Lord, how can we do more for You?
You sent us Your Son - You did all that You could do!
Or this:
Yes, He placed His ..Baby in a manger -
Told the shepherds why -
Hung a new star [high up] in the highest sky...
And told us He sent Jesus Christ to you and I....

Joan Clifton Costner
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Christmas! ~ Joan Clifton Costner





Tears....tears...tears....thank God for
Christmas!
"Very Special Hours"

The stars shone down so softly as
You slept upon my breast;
The hay, within the manger, made
a clean, sweet smelling, nest.
The moon beams touched your tiny face.
I sat enthralled, enraptured,
To realize the grace, this night,
Such softness had so captured!
I wanted so to tell the earth
The things I knew were true.
I wanted, too, to hold You close;
Keep all away from You.
We had waited, all expectant, but were
Stunned to see Your precious face!
Then, shepherds came and we wondered
How they found this little place.
I want to make this timeless,
Never go on to tomorrow,
Just hold You close and claim as mine ~
Excluding future sorrow.
For change is quick and I just want
To hold this night forever,
Never come to days apart or
Relationships that sever.
So, holding close, I'll sing my
Baby song to You;
Feel You cuddle close and hear
The special sounds You do ...
The little sighs, the resting breath,
The flutter of Your eyelids;
The faint and tender cooing and
The circle of Your lips.
I said it once, but this is more ~
I'm blest beyond all measure;
A tiny son with beauty rare,
A real and present treasure!
When time is gone and earth has passed,
Melted with men's rages,
This treasured night will still remain ~
Hope for all the ages.






© 2003 by Joan Clifton Costner


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C H R I S T M A S ~ Joan Clifton Costner






C H R I S T M A S



C is for the Christ Child and the child in all of us.
H is for the Heart of God, in Whom we place our trust.
R is for our Redeemer, Who is finished with His chore.
I is for Isaiah, who had told it all before.
S is for the Shepherd lowly shepherds came to see.
T is for Three wise men, who were wise beyond degree.
M is for a Manger, a simple manger where He lay.
A is for bright Angels who were standing by that day.
S is for the Star that shone and still shines out today!

© 2003 by Joan Clifton Costner
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Christmas In My Heart ~ Joan Clifton Costner


Christmas In My Heart
The song

I don't want to have a Christmas ~
Like many people have each year,
Caught up in the hustle and the bustle
Of another business year....

I'd like to have a real true Christmas,
The kind that warms you deep inside ...
I'd like to spread the love of Jesus
To the whole world, far and wide.

I want to have Christmas in my heart,
I want to know my Savior really has His part.
I want the peace within
Real Christmas brings.
I want to feel His love inside,
As my hearts sings.

I want to have Christmas in my Heart,
Oh, Savior, live in me and let my Christmas start!
© by Joan Clifton Costner
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Wise Men Still Seek Him ~ Joan Clifton Costner


Wise Men Still Seek Him

Is that a baby, on the hay ...
There, where the donkey used to lay,
With shepherds quaking down on the ground,
Angels hovering all around ...
Wise men seeking where He'll be found?
And, Wise Men Still Seek Him!
Wise Men, Still, Seek Him!

That little baby, on the hay,
Couldn't mean any thing today.
But, some say Jesus is living still,
Say He loves us and always will,
Gave His life on a lonely hill ...
For, wise men who seek Him.
Wise Men Still Seek Him!

Something, inside me, tells me
That He's in control of it all.
Something assures my heart
That He hears my every call.

Sweet little baby,on the hay,
King of the universe today ...
He won't leave us down here alone.
He went to Heaven to make a home.
He's coming soon and He'll take His own,
Those wise men who seek Him.
For, Wise Men Still seek Him!
© by Joan Clifton Costner
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My Christmas Tree ~ Joan Clifton Costner

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My Christmas Tree

I love my shining Christmas tree -
And Jesus loves it too,
Because He knows what it means to me;
I’ll share that now with you...
Atop my shining tree I place a
Star to shine out bright,
Reminding me of Wise Men who
Were led by His star’s light.
And there within the branches
Many strands of light are curled -
Symbolic that it’s still His truth
That lights a darkened world!
A wooden manger was His bed
When shepherds came to see -
And wooden toys and tools He saw
While He played at Joseph’s knee.
His hands in youth, were taught to train
The wood the way to bend -
And from a wooden ship He called
Some men to follow Him.
He laid upon a wooden ship,
A pillow ‘neath His head,
The night the raging storm arose
And "Peace, be still" was said.
At last He laid upon the wood,
While wood thorns pierced His brow,
And let the ugly scars be made -
So precious to me now.
...Nails in His hands and in His feet
Brought blood that paid the price -
A WOODEN cross could not but hold
The price of Paradise !
...I cherish, yes, my Christmas tree -
With shining lights above,
Because each branch, each trimming pieceReminds me ... of God’s Love.



Joan Clifton Costner
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The Christmas Tree Narrative 
- Easy setup to adapt to your Children's Ministry. It does not necessarily need a rehearsal. 


Food Craft


Rice Christmas Trees

I wasn't sure whether to put this one in the recipe section or in the craft section. So if you consider this a recipe well, your right, but I used this as a craft at my daughters Christmas/Birthday party and it was a real hit.
So using Rice Krispies or a generic rice cereal here it is.
Ingredients:
  • 5 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 4 cups mini-marshmallows or 6-10 oz. bag of regular marshmallows
  • 10 - 12 regular size marshmallows
  • Toothpicks
  • Green food coloring
  • Red cinnamon candies, M&Ms, or any other small colorful candies
Directions
  1. Melt margarine in a 3 qt. saucepan
  2. Add 4 cups marshmallows
  3. Cook over low heat stirring constantly till syrupy
  4. Remove from heat
  5. Add green food coloring till a fairly dark green color.
  6. Add cereal and stir until well coated
  7. Shape into conical forms with buttered hands (kids LOVE to do this part, but make sure the mixture is not too hot)
  8. When cooled Decorate with colorful candies
  9. One note don't expect the tree to be beautiful when children are making them. Usually they are on their way to being eaten on the spot!

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