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“Festival of Carols” – 2nd Week of Advent

  During the 2nd week of advent, there was a special combined service in the Bosch Hall of Ghala at 9:30am.  It was a service of scripture and carols with choirs and instumentalists.  Like the beginning of every Friday morning 9am service, Pastor Jack Buteyn led the children of the PCO in a short song before sending them off for “Sunday Friday school”.  The song he taught them this time was, “I am a C…I am a CH…I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N.  And I have C-H-R-I-S-T in my H-E-A-R-T and I will L-I-V-E-T-E-R-N-A-L-L-Y.”  Cute stuff and the kids loved it!  Dr. Ebenezer leading his choirs, The Muscat Men’s Chorus and Muscat Christian Harmony, during their “Christmas Lullaby“.  The Muscat Singers singing “Carol of the Bells“.  The 3rd choir, which you can only see a few members of in this photo on the far left, is the British School Community Choir.  I was not in a good spot to capture their photo so unfortunately that’s all there is.  Susan Ebenezer doing one of the 11 readings during the service.  The reading I was most impressed with was a reading/song by Vinoo Peppin/Carina Krogh.  (I really wish I captured that on video!)  Here is the text they read/sang:  Silent Night /  I heard them sing the beatiful carol, Silent Night.  How lovely the sound.  But, on another occasion I also heard them cry out, “Crucify Him. Crucify Him.”  Holy Night / On that holy night long ago, a star led shepherds and wise men to the manger.  Yet on another night some thirty years later, the same stars shone down showing the way for soldiers and thugs to Gethsemane.  All is calm / The calmness of the night of Your birth brings to mind the calmness You showed, as all about you throng demanded Your death.  All is bright / The reverent brightness of that nights contrasts the darkness which came over the whole land until the ninth hour.  For the sun stopped shining, and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Round yon virgin, mother and Child / The image of one at peace.  Yet now I see You on that cross, LORD.  Those long thorns piercing Your scalp.  Your Holy brow dripping with sweat and Your Holy blood.  Holy infant / And carrying Your own cross, You went out to the place of the skull.  Now those huge awful nails, tearing through Your holy hands and feet.  And in spite of all the pain and agony which You experience, You suffer even more as You see your mum crying at the foot of the cross.  So tender and mild / Then in total agony, You gasped, “My God, my God.  Why have You forsaken Me?”  But as You glance at the crowd and then to the heavens, You ask Your Heavenly Father: “Please forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do.”  Sleep… / And there You breathed Your last.  Dying a death which I deserved.  Jesus, You died for my sins.  You were sinless, yet you chose to take on my sin.  You loved me that much that You died for me when I was yet a sinner.  In heavenly peace… / When will we get it?  When will our hearts and souls be touched by this Holy Saviour, Jesus Christ?  When will we turn from ourselves and our wicked ways and, in peace, turn to You, Jesus?  Sleep in heavenly peace. / Mia culpa, mia culpa.  Mia maximum culpa.  Please forgive me.  Please forgive me.  Please wholeheartedly forgive me.  I love You, LORD.  An appropriate choice by the PCO banner team as “Joy to the World” is the most-published Christmas hym of North America.  Interestingly, Isaac Watts wrote the words of “Joy to the World” (based on Psalm 98) as a hymn glorifying Christ’s triumphant return at the end of the age, rather than a Christmas song celebrating His first coming as a babe born in a stable.”  Another awesome banner rightly created for this festive season!  “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” (John 15:11)

So far, it’s been a great Christmas season here in Oman.  We’re looking forward to upcoming events/concerts at the PCO!

The “Mus-Kids Choir” on the 1st Week of Advent

  During the 1st week of Advent at the PCO’s Ruwi evening service, a very talented group of 22 kids from Ruwi put on a very enjoyable Christmas concert.  The pastor’s wife, Vinoo Peppin, put a LOT of energy & work into getting the kids ready for this concert and did a smashing job conducting the choir.  Here is the 1st video clip I took of the group singing “Top, top, top, top, top secret service“, a song about an elite group of God’s angels making sure His will is done.  Here is a cute sample of their acting.  This is a small segment I like to call “This isn’t what Christmas is all about” in which a couple of angels try to talk sense to a spoiled, rich girl to explain the true meaning of Christmas.  Here is a cute (but deep) song about “the I wants” which many people get during Christmas.  The doctor prescribes some “humble pie”!  :-)  A sweet clip to end on is this song called “Christmas Means God Loves You.”    The kids really did a great job and I must say that this was the best kids performance/concert I’ve seen in my 2 1/2 years of attending church in Oman!  Well done Vinoo and kids!!! (& Esther Joseph who played the piano!)  For me, the most important part of any service is the preaching of the Word and this was no exception as Pastor Michael Peppin gave a meditation from 2 Peter 3:3-13 :  “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”  The next great event on God’s calendar is when Jesus comes again.  Almost every New Testament book writes about it and Jesus mentions this great event Himself.  This should prompt us to live holy lives, stay alert and watch.  At His first coming, there was no room in the inn for His birth.  At His second coming, the entire earth will not be able to contain His glory!  Pastor Michael Peppin and Vinoo after a wonderful Sunday evening service!

Welcoming Dinner for “Newcomers to the PCO”

A few weeks ago, there was a special dinner held for all new members of the PCO who joined anytime after January of 2007.  It was a night of great food, fun and fellowship.  Here are 12 pics from that night.022   Chen from China023   Don (from England) and his wife, Dotty (from India)025   Esther (from India) who is one of the church secretaries026  Jenny (from the Philippines) who helps out with the childrens ministry028    Jess Manglicmot who is the “Children, Youth and Music leader” of the PCO.029     Celso and his wife, Nora, who are from the Philippines030   Jonathan (from England) and his wife, Ola (from the Philippines), and their son, Joshua, during one of the fun events (a Bible trivia game!) organized by Vinoo Peppin.031033  Dr. Mohan, who is on the church council, was there to officially greet all new members. (and unofficially to participate in the fun!)035  Sister Vinoo and the kids!036   Che and her good friend, Ola. Both are Filipina and expecting… 040    Vinoo and her daughter, Deepa.  Deepa joined Pastor Peppin and Vinoo here in Oman during the summer and it’s been great getting to know her!

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Romans 12:12

Romans 12:12  A PCO church banner from the NIV version of Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer ~ Romans 12:12″

Celebrating Mother’s Day at the Protestant Church of Oman

mothersday  Pastor Peppin preached a wonderful sermon (“Mother Knows Best!“) on the importance of women, especially women of faith who “fear the Lord”.  The key text was Proverbs 31:10-12,23-31.practice  6:30pm…Preparing for a special skit and song by the ladies of the PCO…practice  Practising…and here they are singing, “Women of Faith“: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8NAOvAXlkE  We are women, women of faith.  United in God’s love, sisters in grace.  Looking to Jesus, to lead us each day.  We are women, women of faith.  We are bound in love for one another.  We share faith in God.  And we’re committed to each other.  We are sisters in Christ Jesus, desiring to serve.  Leaning on God’s promises, standing on His Word.eloise and helma  Eloise Bosch  and Helma enjoying a moment together before the service.sweeties  “O give us homes where Christ is Lord and Master, The Bible read, the precious hymns still sung; Where prayer comes first, in peace or in disaster; And praise is natural speech, to every tongue;  Where mountains move, before a faith that’s vaster, And Christ sufficient is for old and young.”