Christmas chapels focus on ‘King for the Nations’

June 3, 2014

christmasChristmas at Bryan College will take on an international flavor this year as a chapel series celebrates the theme “King for the Nations.”

Ben Norquist, director of faith and mission, said chapel speakers the week following Thanksgiving will talk about Christmas in other lands. The following week’s chapels will be corporate worship times, celebrating the coming of the King who came in an unexpected way.

Speakers for this series include:
Nov. 28, Claudia Zhelezny, who grew up in Ukraine as an atheist and came to Christ as her family emigrated to the United States.
Nov. 30, Carl Most, a missionary to Nicaragua, who works with diverse groups from gang members to pastors.
Dec. 2, Joe Novenson, pastor of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Pastor Novenson, who has ministered in Eastern Europe, will discuss Christmas in that region.

Jeff Eenigenburg, director of worship arts, said chapel on Monday and Wednesday, Dec. 5 and 7, will be worship services celebrating Christ as King for all nations, with Scripture readings, music, and prayer. Wednesday’s service will focus on the unexpected nature of Christ’s first advent.

“The goal is to challenge us to see that we often expect Christ to come and conquer our problems the way we see fit, just as the Jews expected the Messiah to do for them. We don’t want to have a faulty perspective that makes us misunderstand our King and miss out on what He is doing,” he said.

A new aspect of the college’s Christmas celebration will be a series of “lessons and carols” incorporated into the traditional Christmas concerts on Dec. 9-10. Jonathan Doran, director of counseling and soul care, will prepare Scripture readings, to be accompanied by music by the various groups performing those evenings.