Christmas programs abound at area churches during this special month, and several will kick off the holiday season with presentations on Sunday.
The Spring Hill Bible Church Christmas Choir will present The Name.....Jesus, by Mike Speck, during its service at 10:30 a.m.
"It is a beautiful arrangement of popular inspirational choruses such as There's Something About That Name, Jesus, Name Above All Names, and Emmanuel combined in medleys with traditional Christmas carols," said Mark George, assistant pastor.
The program includes songs which feature vocal soloists, instrumentalists and a special number called Look Who Just Checked In, which features the Spring Hill Bible youth and children's groups.
A special feature in the musical is a song titled No Other Name with narration, accompanied by a musical underscore, which describes the various names of Jesus in all the books of the Bible.
George shared the reason Speck wrote the musical.
"Mike Speck wrote these words on the front cover page of the musical," George said. "His name, Jesus, was given to him by God himself, and it's offensive to many, even though they don't know why. The original Aramaic name for Jesus is Yeshua. It is actually translated salvation.
"The very word Christmas creates an issue, for the word Christmas contains the title Christ, which literally means Messiah. The songs and narration contained in this Christmas project are my loving attempt to make known what I believe is the only hope humanity has, the name Jesus."
George added his own thoughts to Speck's message.
"If you are looking for hope, please join us at Spring Hill Bible Church and observe a musical celebration of the Christmas season in which the Christmas Choir honors and praises the name of Jesus."
For the church's evening worship service, at 6 p.m., the youth and children's groups will present a program that will feature songs and carols. There will be various solos, both instrumental and vocal and the youth will present several skits and Scripture readings.
The church is at 15449 Spring Hill Drive, Brooksville. Call (352) 544-5644 or visit www.springhillbible.org.
At 3 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave., will present A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The service will be presented just as it is traditionally performed each Christmas Eve at Kings College in Cambridge, England. It incorporates nine lessons from scripture with the singing of carols and hymns.
"The emotional power of this service must be experienced in order to be fully appreciated," said Tom Bjorkman for the church. "Everyone is invited to join us in experiencing the joy of this powerful service as it explains the full meaning of Christmas."
An offering will be taken. The program will be repeated at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Call (352) 796-8331.
The Brooksville Wesleyan Church Choir will present Festival of Lights, by Tom Fettke, at 6 p.m. The Rev. Raymond Phaup, minister of music, will direct the musical, which is a family Christmas celebration.
"The lighting of Advent candles will be incorporated into the service," said Mary Ann Phaup. "Everyone is invited."
The church is at 8168 Jasmine Drive, Brooksville. Call (352) 799-3066.
Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., will present a Christmas program, One Quiet Night, at 6 p.m.
"This is a delightful Christmas program for the whole family," said Jackie Laird, administrative assistant. "Complimentary tickets are available at the church office but are not necessary for admission. Everyone is welcome."
The program will be repeated at 7 p.m. Monday. Call (352) 683-5882 or e-mail [email protected]