December 20th: Lessons and Carols Sunday
8:30 a.m. & 11:00 Services
The 6 musical ensembles participating in Lessons & Carols this year are:
- Chancel Choir
- Brass Ensemble
- Parrish Bells and
- Treble Ensemble
(No Grace Notes, Wesley Singers or Asbury choirs this year)
Order of Worship/Song List
- Prelude: African Noel (Arr. Cathy Moklebust) – Parrish Bells and Grace Gosbells; Small Vocal Ensemble (Chancel or Grace Notes Octet?)
- Hymn 237: Sing We Now of Christmas – Grace Brass Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble
- Offertory: Something for flute and Celtic Harp – Julie and Alex Villavicencio
- Introduction to Lessons and Carols
- First Lesson: Genesis 3:8-19 — Adam and Eve and the Tree.
- God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of Paradise and that his seed will bruise the serpent’s head.
- Good (Adam & Eve): Trombone/Synth Keyboard (Allan Anderson), Flute (Lilit or Alex) and Piano (Milton, Lynn, ?) with Brass Ensemble; video by Allan Anderson; Music and lyrics by BERNIE HERMS and NICHOLE NOREDEMAN, Arr. Allan Anderson.
- Hymn 240: Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Verses 1, 3 Brass and Woodwind Ensembles
- Second Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7 — The prophet foretells the coming of the Savior.
- “The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light…”
- Grace Woodwind Ensemble (with a visual and words to the song).
- Third Lesson: Luke 1:26-38 — The Birth of Jesus Foretold (Angel Gabriel, …)
- Away in a Manger: Arr. Joel Raney, Grace GosBells
- Fourth Lesson: Luke:2:1-7 – St. Luke tells of the birth of Jesus
- Christmas Is Coming: Joel Raney; Grace Treble Ensemble
- Fifth Lesson: Luke 2:8-16 — The shepherds go to the Manger
- Angels We Have Heard on High: Arnold Sherman; Parrish Bells
- Sixth Lesson: John 1:1-14 — St. John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation
- Just Beyond the Manger: Joseph Martin; Chancel Choir
- Closing Hymn 224: Good Christian Friends, Rejoice, Verses 1 and 3; Brass and Woodwind Ensembles
- Postlude: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Johann S. Bach; Grace Church Brass Ensemble with Milton Rodgers on Organ