The Reluctant Innkeeper and Balulalow
By Catherine Wethington, Dir. of Children’s & Youth Choirs
December is an exciting month for our Children’s and Youth Choirs! The Children will present their Christmas musical on December 11 during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The Reluctant Innkeeper is a charming musical that puts the Innkeeper who denied Mary and Joseph a room on trial for breaking Bethlehem’s hospitality law. Judge Jody Justice presides and our choir acts as the jury. The overall message of the musical is that God can make even the humblest of locations, like a stable, a cathedral. He brings light into the darkness. The music stems from new songs that tell the story to medleys of classic Christmas hymns including Angels We Have Heard on High and Joy to the World. In addition, our Youth Choir is working on a song in Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols called Balulalow. They will sing this eerie lullaby during Lessons & Carols on December 18 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. It is a challenging piece full of complex harmonies, in three parts with a soloist. Our youth choir, though small in numbers, is meeting this challenge with smart, musically inclined minds and voices.
Proclaiming the Birth of Christ through Song
By Jerry Rich, Director of Music
Our ringers and singers are looking forward to sharing the musical joys of the Christmas season with you! We will sing Medieval and Classical pieces as well as contemporary carols by Davis, Forrest, McChesney, and Rutter; we will also present settings of God Rest You Merry, Go Tell It on the Mountain, In the Bleak Midwinter and O Holy Night. For Sunday, December 4 we will have a guest violinist at both services; the Children’s Choir will perform its Nativity musical on December 11, and on December 18 the adult and youth choirs will offer a service of Lessons and Carols. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, please bring your heartiest caroling voices to the Sanctuary to help us proclaim the birth of the Christ Child!