The Sounds of Christmas
Last year, celebrations of our Savior’s birth included little to no live music due to pandemic restrictions. Holiday conversations lamented the lack of singing, Christmas caroling, bells ringing–the season different from the past.
This year, Christmas Eve 2021 will offer all ages—children, youth, adults—the chance to join voices singing as an Intergenerational Choir at the 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Worship Services! Plan to sing at the service you attend. With easy words and a simple tune (and even some sign language!), we can learn this song in 10 minutes. Come early, reserve your seats, then head on over to the keyboard for a quick rehearsal. ALL are welcome!
And, just one more item of exciting news to share:
Months prior to my arrival here at St. John’s, conversation was already taking place about the possibility of moving the church organ to the main floor of the Sanctuary. From a music standpoint, it is critical to have connection with clergy and congregation throughout worship.
Though possible from a distanced balcony, having a clear sightline to clergy/assistants at the Chancel, and worshipers in the Sanctuary, increases the flow and quality of worship, producing greater congregation participation (a.k.a. singing!).
Work has already begun to make this move a reality with Al Sauer and his team. The organ will be relocated to the main level of the Sanctuary in time for the celebration of Christmas. Get ready, St. John’s–I cannot wait for that moment leading the Processional Hymn on Christmas Eve and hearing your voices raised with these words:
“Glory to God, glory in the highest: O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord.”
THE HYMNAL 1982 #83
Soli Deo Gloria,