“Love Came Down” for members of U.S. Army Garrison’s Christian congregations during the Religious Support Office’s Combined Christmas Concert at Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel, Dec. 14.
In keeping with the theme “Love came Down,” performers and congregations from the Common Ground, Gospel, Agape, Catholic and Spanish worship services were represented at the event, whose theme was “Love Came Down.”
Chaplain (Col.) Charlie Lee, USAG Humphreys Garrison Chaplain, said Christmas was about so much more than receiving presents, singing Christmas carols, and decorating Christmas trees. He said the Christmas celebration was about God’s amazing story of redemption, love, peace, joy, and hope.
“Tonight, we are so grateful for all the outstanding performances,” said Lee preceding the event. “I want to thank the choirs and praise and worship bands for sharing their tremendous talents and spiritual gifts to give glory and worship the life of Christ.”
Choirs and praise-and-worship teams, one after another, took to the stage, many dressed in holiday attire. Kaley Hedebrand, student at Humphrey Highschool, who was in the audience of more than 150, said it was good for all the congregations to come together. No matter how differently they worshiped, she said, they all held the same beliefs.
“I think the music was gorgeous,” said Hedebrand. “I liked the Gospel service with their praise dancers and how the Spanish service sang their songs in English and then translated them into Spanish, it was a sight to behold.”
Audience members swayed and sang out together to the sounds of Christmas worship music and clapped along with the youth praise dancers.
Eighth Army Command Chaplain (Col.) Tony Petros said that night, in the chapel, was the best place to hear the worshippers celebrate the birth of Christ. He said mankind received a wonderful gift by the birth, life, and death of Christ. Petros said that evening was a time for everyone to celebrate, relax and see God’s message through song.
“This time is certainly a powerful reminder to all of God and his tremendous love for us,” said Petros.
For the last performance of the evening the choir sang “Silent Night” accompanied by piano. As the audience stood the lights dimmed and electric tea light shined through the darkness. The audience blended their voices with the choir and sang the song commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
“The meaning behind the song is that the world was in darkness, but the true light which is Jesus came down to dwell amongst us,” said Yerim Hyun, Common Ground choir conductor. “He’s coming back again, and I am really grateful to get the opportunity to praise God.”