If you’re a lover of Christmas music, you’re going to love our service this week! All the music in the service will be traditional Christmas carols now that the Advent season is in full swing. As a congregation we’ll sing The First Noel, What Child Is This, Angels from the Realms of Glory, and Silent Night.
And this is a special service for us, because the handbell choir will be bringing special music. We’ll be playing more Christmas favorites: Come to Christmas (a medley of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and O Come, All Ye Faithful), Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, and Joy to the World. I want to say thank you to Amanda, Summer, Kaitlyn, Martha, Judy, and Carolyn for all the time and hard work they’ve poured into learning the music this fall, and for making our rehearsals a hoot! (Really, we have the best time together, and we could still use another ringer, so please consider joining us in January. No experience is necessary!)
There’s a theme that runs through the carols we’re using this week: our response to the coming of our Savior. Watch for this as we sing: The First Noel, What Child Is This, and Angels from the Realms of Glory each contain a verse about the shepherds’ response (they left their flocks to find the King), the wise men’s response (they saw the star and traveled many miles to find the King), and, finally, our response.
The First Noel:
Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
Who hath made heaven and earth of naught,
And with His blood mankind hath bought.
What Child Is This:
So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Angels from the Realms of Glory:
Saints before the altar bending, watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending, in His temple shall appear:
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King!
Come join us this Sunday, and let us all with one accord sing praises to our heavenly Lord!