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WinterFest: Lighting the Tree

Last weekend was the first weekend of WinterFest at Worlds of Fun.  We weren’t able to get out to experience it until Sunday evening, but it was certainly a well-developed event. Several items were still in the process of being set up, but that did not distract from the overall festive impact of the time.

I took a lot of pictures and videos, but have only had time for a little editing, so today’s feature is the tree-lighting ceremony, held nightly at 5:30 p.m.  It was a good ceremony, but did hit one of my perennial hot topics.  You cannot ask people to sing along if you are singing a revised, special, stage-edited version of the song.

So here is the video:

Winterfest is open this weekend 5-10 p.m.  Friday-Sunday

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#249: Just As I Am

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

1

Just as I am, without one plea

But that Thy blood as shed for me,

And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee,

O Lamb of God I come! I come!

2

Just as I am and waiting not

To rid my soul of one dark blot,

To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,

O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

3

Just as I am, tho tossed about

With many a conflict, many a doubt,

Fightings and fears within, without,

O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

4

Just as I am, Poor, wretched, blind –

Sight, riches, healing of the mind

Yea, all I need in Thee to find –

O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

5

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,

Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse relieve,

Because Thy promise I believe,

O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

 

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#248: Why Not Now?

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

1

While we pray and while we plead,

While you see your soul’s deep need,

While your Father calls you home,

Will you not, my brother, come?

CHORUS

Why not now? (Why not now?) why not now? (why not now?)

Why not come to Jesus now?

Why not now? (Why not now?) why not now? (why not now?)

Why not come to Jesus now?

2

You have wandered far away –

Do not risk another day;

Do not turn from God your face,

But today accept His grace.

CHORUS

3

In the world you’ve dialed to find

Aught of peace for troubled mind;

Come to Christ, on Him believe –

Peace and joy you shall receive.

CHORUS

4

Come to Christ, confession make –

Come to Christ and pardon take;

Trust in Him from day to day –

He will keep you all the way.

CHORUS

 

 

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Caroling Caroling

Well, Friday night I spent caroling with Carolers of Note at the Overland Park Arboretum Luminary Walk.  We sang for an hour at the Main Tent venue.

They had a bumper crowd of people. Something over 7,000 people came to walk the trails. The police eventually had to start motioning people away as people kept arriving near closing.

When the video finishes processing and uploading, there will be a sample of our music right below here:

I will be singing there again tonight, this time from 6-7 p.m. at the Hayride Tent Venue, and from 8-9 p.m. at the Legacy Walk Tent venue. Feel free to come out and hear us sing, enjoy the walk, the lights, the cider, wagon ride, gnome village, and much much more. The weather should be nice again tonight, just a touch cooler than it was last night, but still far from cold.

Just give yourself a little time to get in and parked, and plan to make it a leisurely walk; no rushing with the crowds, and you enjoy the ambiance much better at a relaxed pace.

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Thanksgiving … baking

For this year’s Thanksgiving feature, I’m going to give you a video of some solid hymns with example of some baking for today’s Thanksgiving feast.

The hymns are from my recordings for the Great Hymns of the Faith songbook album.  I would have preferred to have Come, Ye Thankful People Come, but it is near the end of the hymnbook and I haven’t recorded it yet.

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#247: Jesus Is Calling

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

1

Jesus is tenderly calling thee home –

Calling today, calling today;

Why from the sunshine of love wilt thou roam

Farther and farther away?

REFRAIN

Calling today (Calling, calling today, today)

Calling today (Calling, calling today, today);

Jesus is calling (Jesus is tenderly calling today),

Is tenderly calling today.

2

Jesus is calling the weary to rest –

Calling today, calling today;

Bring Him  hy burden and thou shalt be blest –

He will not turn thee away.

REFRAIN

3

Jesus is waiting, O come to Him now –

Waiting today, waiting today;

Come with thy sins, at His feet lowly bow –

Come, and no longer delay.

REFRAIN

4

Jesus is pleading, O list to His voice –

Hear Him today, hear Him today;

They who believe on His name shall rejoice –

Quickly arise and away.

REFRAIN


 

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Holiday Luminary Walk

The next place to see Carolers of Note is at the upcoming Holiday Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum.

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Stroll down candlelit trails through the gardens and woods at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Luminary Walk. The dates are the three weekends after Thanksgiving.

This  fundraiser features a mile of candles, holiday lights, live musical entertainment, Santa Claus in the Depot, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cider around a campfire and mystical Gnome and Fairy Villages.
Volunteers and staff members are transforming the Arboretum into a wonderland of candles and lights, music and holiday fun. Thousands of candles line the walkways and trails. Holiday lights will be on display from trees, buildings and bridges.
Children will be thrilled to see Santa’s Woodland Depot in the Train Garden and chat with him nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Luminary Walk will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., three weekends, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, and Dec. 8-9.
2017 eTicket is $9 per person; children 5 and younger are free. Purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate the night of the event for $10 per person