You May Be Surprised

If you have never Christmas caroled before, you may be surprised at how much some people are touched by it. We took our Bright Lights group caroling the other night, and I was reminded of what an impact it can make. Many stand outside the door, trying to savor the moment, thoroughly enjoying the old carols.

After we sing, we greet them, ask for a favorite, explain who we are, and leave them with some cookies and a book that explains the Biblical meaning of Christmas.

Many of the carols themselves have great gospel words: “Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King; Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”

While we were caroling, a passage popped into my head. I had been reading it the previous day. β€œO give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.” (Psalm 105:1-2)

Amazing. We get to praise the Lord in song, in front of the on looking world, (well, house by house) and thus proclaim both the gospel and our delight in it! What a privilege.

“Are you carolers?!” the elderly couple in this vehicle asked as they rolled down the window.
“Yes, would you like us to sing something for you?”
“Would you??” they asked eagerly.
The lady explained how she used to carol around this very neighborhood as a girl.

Then we came back for hot chocolate and our normal Bright Lights lesson time and activities.

Nickie shared with the younger girls about our response to Christ, emphasizing how we need to be committed disciples.

Simultaneously, Sarah was sharing with the older girls upstairs. We are beginning a six week “winter discipleship” study in which we are going to be keeping each other accountable to be seeking Jesus more diligently.

The joy of fellowship with sisters in Christ…
Pictured above are Amanda, Annie, and Hannah

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?” (1 Kings 8:27)

14 thoughts on “You May Be Surprised

  1. You’re right! Caroling is a great way to reach out to all sorts of people- encourage and serve at the same time πŸ˜€
    My dad and I went caroling this past week in Dearborn to Muslims and they enjoyed it too! We talked with one enthusiastic Lebanese lady who ended up calling others to open their doors to listen! I put the link in to my blog post about it in case you want to see. πŸ™‚

  2. How fun! Our Bright Lights group just went Christmas caroling last week and we had sooo much fun! I love the boldness the girls have when they do something for Christ together! Thanks for sharing!

    Blessing,
    πŸ™‚ Haley πŸ™‚

  3. Caroling is so much fun! Our Bright Lights group went caroling at Hobby Lobby. We had permission to stand by the front door and pass out tracts (candy tracts~very cute & fun!) to all the people who walked in!! It was a very neat opportunity but one that I missed out on….I caught the flu and had to leave early….so thankful Mom kept it going!! Thanks for sharing pictures! Maybe I can join my group next year if we carol… πŸ˜€

  4. Yes, caroling does really bless people. It’s surprising sometimes. I got the opportunity to carol at several nursing homes this year. It can be a really great ministry opportunity. Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Becca

  5. That gave me some ideas too! I have always wanted to go caroling, but my brothers and sisters have never liked the idea… :/

  6. Hello! Our group also went caroling this past Saturday night. We went to a local assisted living home. We had made “Gospel Goody Bags” for the residents at our previous Bright Lights meeting to give out after we finished caroling. Both the residents and the girls had a fabulous time! πŸ˜€ We will definetly do it again!

  7. Wow!

    It sounds like you had an awesome time.

    I went to a convalescent hospital a couple of weeks ago, myself, the youth pastor, two other adults, and the kids from my church, and sang to them.

    Alot of them seemed to enjoy it, and on top of that, we brought a scripture and even prayed.

  8. Hi Grace,

    I took my group caroling to a nursing home earlier this month. The girls really enjoyed it and I was able to present the gospel to the residents and the girls passed out tracts. It was a fun time for all of us. One of the girls said she wanted to come back next week! (;

    It is so nice to see pictures from you group!

    Have a blessed Christmas!

    ~Christa

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