December 9, 2012
Report by Ronda Atwater
Amidst the bustle of shopping, kettling, and preparing for corps Christmas
programs, Greater Philadelphia junior and senior soldiers gathered at the
Pioneer Corps on Sunday afternoon, December 9, 2012. With carol-singing,
Scripture-reading, and the sharing of musical and dance items from young people
who attend Salvation Army music programs, Christ was magnified as the
Reason for the Season.
The Regional Gospel Choir opened the program with songs of
fellowship and praise, including a merge of the African tune Sing Noel
and the spiritual Go Tell It on the Mountain.
The Citadel Corps youth band was well-prepared with God
Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Coventry Carol; and the timbrelists
performed a fast and energetic drill to a rock version of Angels We Have
Heard on High.
The Darby Corps young people were involved throughout the
program with Jingle Bells on their horns; This is the Day That the
Lord Has Made with their timbrels; and two enthusiastic choir songs, the
last of which they proclaimed with joy, “Hallelujah, hallelujah,
A Kroc / West Philadelphia Corps guitar
ensemble peacefully strummed Amazing Grace, and a dance team of six
teenaged girls from Kroc Corps expressed gratitude to God
through the song Because of Who You Are.
The Pioneer Corps youth band offered a suite, featuring
Good Christian Men, Rejoice, O Come, Little Children, and
O Sanctissima / Joy to the World. After a congregational reading of
the Christmas Story, the Pioneer dance troupe presented “How Great
is Our God,” sung in six different languages – a reminder of Jesus
being born to save ALL people! The band then sent everyone on their way with a
cheerful Hand Me My Merry Trumpet!
We are proud of our children who are growing in the joy and knowledge of
Christmas. They are learning that Jesus’ birth is a divine truth, beyond
the superficial elves, reindeer, and snowmen; and their musical offerings at
this Christmas Joy program portrayed this understanding. We are also grateful
for the leaders from each corps who are driven by the love of God as they
continuously work with the children.
What a fellowship! What a joy divine!... to come together as
believers in The Salvation Army, to uplift our children by giving them a
platform on which to honor God with their gifts, to be free to
proclaim Jesus as Christ and Lord of all!