This past Sunday we celebrated Christmas Eve together by concentrating on the themes of two Christmas carols. After singing the first hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, Abie shared about the theme of the hymn, Israel’s longing for the Messiah and then we had a time of intercession, praying for that longing to return to Israel, that God’s people would long for His Son. We then sang “O Holy Night” and Abie shared the reality that at the birth of Christ hope literally exploded to the world. And we closed by praying together for the “thrill of hope” found in the birth of Christ to be realized “to the Jew first” and to every nation and heart on the earth. Below are the recordings for Abie’s message centered around the theme of each carol.