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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.