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The First Asian Indian Baptist Church of Metro Atlanta welcomed the birth of Jesus Christ with the “Celebrations of the gift of Christmas” this December 25th at the Elizabeth Baptist Church in Marietta. The festivities included melodious music, message of gift giving, an engaging puppet show and scrumptious food.
With attendees from cities such as Alabama, Tennessee, Birmingham and Atlanta, the crowd also featured folks from Indian and Pakistani origin. The program began with introduction and welcome call to worship from Rev. Younis Farhat, Senior Pastor. Christmas carols and songs such as “Hark The Herald Angel Sing”, “Joy To The World”, “O Come All Ye Faithful” reverberated in the room. Rev. Aslam Masih offered worship through prayer. Song of Christmas fellowship “Tera Ho Abhishake” by Rev. Johnson Macdonal, a special song by Pastor Akumarti Daniel, Christmas praise and offertory song by Dr. Lakshmi Rao were all part of the proceedings.
The celebrations also included a Christmas tribute on the piano by Anna Wlasiuk and Christmas presentation on the trumpet by Sharoon Farhat, scripture reading by Anjana Paul, a prayer for world peace by Pastor Farhat, and offertory prayer by Dr. Jimi Samuel Malik along with final blessings by Dr. David Householder.
Dr. Householder, clearly a skilled ventriloquist conveyed the message of Christmas through lighthearted humor. A missionary and educator, Dr. Householder has lived in India, Nepal and Thailand for over 20 years. Audio visual effects certainly enhanced the ambience in the atmosphere.
Speaking of frivolous gift giving practices, Senior Pastor Rev. Younis Farhat in his speech titled “A wise man’s gift” emphasized the need for meaningful giving. “God’s gift has eternal value” he said and posed the question “Will you give yourself to Jesus? Will you at this Christmas give the wise man’s gift?”
The festivities ended with a delectable array of entrees for the gathering and kids went home smiling too, as Santa handed gifts to them personally.