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Go tell it to your neighbors

Christmas is a great season to share faith with those in your sphere of influence. People ask, "What are you doing for Christmas or the holidays?" Since Christmas is a primary season that people would invite others to worship or share their beliefs, here are some lyrics that may encourage people to share their faith to the tune of the familiar hymn "Go Tell It on the Mountain." Perhaps there are a few mission-minded Advent songs that a congregation can sing. Here's one that's easy to sing as a closing song at worship:

Go Tell It to Your Neighbors
(Words: Michael E. Thomas, 2004; tune: Public Domain)

1. As we prepare for Christmas, the tree is in its place.
Now open up your heart, and feel the Savior's grace.

Chorus: Go tell it to your neighbors,
And at your work and in your schools;
Go tell it to your family
That Jesus Christ is near!

2. We hear the music playing; it's here in this season.
We sing songs and we're praying, Jesus is the reason.

3. As we await the Savior; tell the story of his birth
We know that God is near us, for Jesus comes to earth!

Check out this week's articles:

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Together to serve the poor: In Atlanta, ELCA youth join interreligious peers.

Angelic voices: Libera, a British boys' choir, performs inspirational music.

Holiday humor: Advent and Christmas cartoons.

Also: Authority & power.

Also: Let's eat!

Also: Four spiritual practices for stepparents.

Discuss stepparenting

VennardToday through Dec. 16: Join Jane Vennard (right), a United Church of Christ pastor, spiritual director and retreat leader, to discuss the gifts and challenges of stepparenting. Consider reading "The gift of being on the edge" before joining in.

This week on our blog:Andrea

Andrea Pohlmann (right) blogs about advertising for God.

Sonia Solomonson blogs about having a prayer life.

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Tell us: Prayer Life

The Lutheran’s April 2009 cover story is on prayer. How does prayer sustain you? Have you tried new prayer methods (prayer journals, centering prayer, etc.)? What forms of prayer do you use now? What’s most helpful? Do you have a special place to pray? Do you have a story of the power of prayer in your life? Or how your prayers on behalf of someone else contributed to healing or transformation in their life? What would you like to know about prayer?

Send your 200-300 word stories and comments by Jan. 16, 2009, by e-mail or to Sonia C. Solomonson, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631.

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