The children of Zion Lutheran Church presented a delightful Christmas Service titled, "The Trees of Christmas” on Saturday December 20th 2014.
Before the service started the congregation was treated to Christmas music from children soloists featuring violin, viola, guitar, piano, French horn, violin and clarinet.
The children led the congregation in hymn throughout the service. Between hymns the youth told the story of the Trees of Christmas starting from the Garden of Eden (“Tree of Life” and the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”). Here we learn of God’s promise to send a Savior. Later we learn of the family tree of God’s chosen people through the Old Testament as we see that promise continue from generation to generation. The tree in part three is the “Branch of Jesse”. Here we learn about the birth of Jesus. Part four presents the picture of a lonely tree standing on a hill called Calvary. Finally the tree in part five is our very own Christmas tree. Here we learn of the significance of its shape, the ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc.
The offering during the service was donated to next year’s Vacation Bible School.
“All the trees of the forest will sing for joy.” (Psalm 96:12)
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
"A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:1-2)