North Carolina Newspapers

Vol. 19, No. 3.
November - December, 1953
Graham Transcribes From Montreaf
Scene from “A Bird’s Chrisimas Carol” presented by the Sophomore Class. From left,
Nancy Cresap, Pat Sartelle, and Mable Brown.
Soph Christmas Party
The Sophomore Class with its presenta
tion of “A Bird’s Christmas Carol” helped
bring the true Christmas spirit to the
hear.s of all those present at tha annual
Chris: mas party on the evening of Decem
ber 14.
The play “A Bird’s Christmas Carol,”
which was based on a book of the same
name, told of an invalid girl who spent
her last Christmas day giving joy to a hapy-
py, but needy family. The child, Carol, as
por rayed by Pat Sartelle, was a wonderful
example of the true happiness of giving
ra'her :han receiving. The play was an im
pressive production under the direction of
Muriel Greenv/ood.
Following the play, guests enjoyed games,
refreshments, and the appearance of
Santa Claus.
“Glory to God in the highest and on earth
peace, goodwill among men.”
Again we hear the old, well-loved carols
ring out the praises to God for his most
wonderful Chrisimas gift to all mankind.
In the Chrisimas Pageant of 1953 we see
portrayed again the familiar story of the
most precious gift we can ever receive—
the birih of our Savior—the Lord Jesus
We remember once more the prophecy of
Isaiah 800 years before the birth of Christ,
telling of the One who was to come and
bring peace from God. Then, we hear
the angel telling Mary that she has found
favor wi’h God and shall have the priv
ilege of being the mother of God the Man.
Mary praises God and bows down in humil-
On the holy night that our Savior is born,
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“This is the hour of decision!” Many
Sunday afternoons we have listened to these
words over the radio, spoken by the ex
pressive voice of Cliff Barrows. On No
vember 23, this same timely sentence was
spoken in our own Montreat when the
Christmas broadcast of the Hour of De
cision was recorded in the lobby of As
sembly Inn.
It was a memorable experience for each
of us. It was something significant in the
history of Montreat. It once again dis
played the spirit and work of Billy Graham
and made us realize the blessing we have
in his living among us.
Those of us in the choir, who already
this year have been shown what truly wor
shipful singing is under the conducting of
Mr. Guy, were able to experience the same
thing with Cliff Barrows as he helped us
with the opening, “Joy to the World.” At
that moment we captured the spirit of
Christmas. We felt it throughout, in the
songs of George Beverly Shea, in the carol
sung by little Gigi (eight year old daugh
ter of the Grahams), and in the beautiful
organ music played by Paul Mickelson. The
words of Scripture read by Grady Wilson
were the familiar ones from Isaiah’s proph
ecy and they again spoke to our hearts.
The prayer of Dr. McGregor was inspira
tional and uplifting.
And finally, the message itself by Billy
Graham was one for this hour. The fact
that he stood before only a microphone
rather than the usual thousands of people
did not alter the manner or impact of his
delivery. It carried the same conviction
that has brought light in’o the hearts and
lives of those who listen to him across
the country.
On December 20, 1953, when we are re
united with families and loved ones, may
we all be joined in spirit while we listen
to the Christmas message on the Hour of
Decision. Though miles separate us, may
we be thankful for the gift of the Christ-
child, Him who is the Risen Savior.

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