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    Advent Carol Service

    I attended Christ Church St. Laurence's Advent Carol Service last night (Sunday evening).

    The choir was brilliant, as normal and Peter Jewkes' organ playing wonderful, too.

    Dr Neil McKwan's music choices were interesting to say the least, only knew one hymn!

    Hymns:

    1. O come, O come, Emmanuel! (the only one I really knew).
    2. Come, thou Redeemer of the earth (Michael Praetorius)
    3. People, look east. The time is near (Chris Steel d 1991)
    4. Hills of the North, rejoice echoing songs arise. (Martin Shaw)
    5. On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry (Charles Coffin/John Chandler)
    6. Wake, O wake! with tidings thrilling the watchmen all the air are filling (Philipp Nicolai)

    Other musical bits and pieces:

    The lamentation - Edward Cuthbert Bairstow
    Bogoroditsye Dyevo - Rachmaninov
    There is no rose - John Joubert
    E'en so Lord Jesus, Quickly come - Paul Manz
    Magnificat in D - George Dyson

    Peter then gave a very fine rendition of Bach's wonderful 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme' (see my Bach Chorales PDFs for the music).

    Obviously all this glorious music was intersperesed with Seven Lessons and a Gospel reading by the Parish Priest. All the church was clothed in purple, though I understand the English Anglicans are nowadays adopting red for this time of year.

    Did your place of worship have such an event?
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    My church also had an Advent service. The songs were:
    I Surrender All
    The Greatest Thing
    Give us Clean Hands
    Sing with Joy
    I Want to walk as a child of the light
    and last,
    Advent Alleluia (Come Long Expected Jesus)

    After the service was Come all Christians be committed for the last song.
    It was a good thing that we didn't have to wear our robes. The sanctury
    was full and I thought I would burn up with the lights shining on us.
    judy tooley

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    Our church will be doing a lighter version of this, offering both sacred and secular Christmas music. For our particular community, if we did a completely sacred event, our attendance would be almost zip ... stir in something different, and the people come out of the woodwork in droves. Getting people into the church is the idea here, which eventually helps to boost our membership.

    At this Advent program, we will do community singing as well as reading, and music played by other talented people in our congregation ... the Soprano soloist that I have been accompanying for the past 8 years, is singing "Grandmother Got Run Over By a Reindeer". I'm performing a rendition of Drummer Boy, and my own version of Frosty the Snowman, amongst other things. Our church choir will be singing a few anthems, and the bell choir will be doing a couple secular tunes as well.
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    During the first Carol Service (only our congregation) we used mainly hymns well known to the congregation and musicians/singers etc from the congregation.

    For the big inter denominational service the next Sunday the massed choir did most of the singing with less partisipation from the "audiance".

    The program was:
    Fanfare for Christmas - Robin Wells
    Advent Message - Come Lord Jesus by Martin How
    Annunciation Carol - Basque Carol
    Joy to the World - G.F. Handel, arr John Rutter
    Christus is gebore (Christ is born) - Gordon Young
    A Maiden Most Gentle - John Rutter (French Carol)
    Born on Earth the Divine Christ Child - John Rutter
    Star Carol - John Rutter
    Three Kings of Orient - Hopkins, arr John Rutter (I think a I see a pattern here)
    Come Colour Rise - Grant McLachlan
    O Holy Night - French Carol, arr................yip! John Rutter
    Silent Night (in Afrikaans, English and Sesotho)
    O come, allye faithful (Three languages again)

    All songs accompanied by the Free State Symphony Orchestra.
    Johan van Heerden

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    jvhldb - very traditional and apt to pleasure the musically illiterate!!
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Last saturday I attended the carol service rendered by a choir of amateur performers called "THE FESTIVAL CHORISTERS". The group contains members from different parts of the world like Nigeria , Netherlands,Germany ,The U.S.A, and India .They rendered the following numbers.

    Junior choir.

    1. Come Little Children
    2. When Lights are lit - Peder Knudsen.
    3. Away in a Manger-James Murray
    4. Do you hear what I hear.

    CHORISTERS.

    1. Sing Gloria - Lani Smith.
    2. I love you Lord - Mark Hayes.
    3. Peace on Earth - Caleb Simper.
    4. Carols Around - Carl.A.Nygard Jr.
    5.Christmas Lullaby - John Rutter.
    6. Glory to God in the Highest - G.B.Pergolesi.
    7. Mighty Lord and King. - Bach "Christmas Oratorio"
    8.Ah! Dearest Jesu - Bach "Christmas Oratorio".
    9. Hallelujah Glory Hallelujah - Natalie Sleeth.
    10. Joy to the world - John.W.Peterson.
    11. Judean Shepherds - Anonymous.
    12. Just an Ordinary Night. - Charles.L.Towler.
    13. O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zions.- Handels "Messiah".
    14. Sing to the lord _ Ken Medema.
    15. The Heavens are telling - Heyden's "Creation".

    And it was a great experience.
    Last edited by tittualex; Dec-08-2008 at 08:56.

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    Sunday I attended the Carol service at Christ Church , Hyderabad ,India.
    The choir rendered the following Carols.

    1. Once in Royal Davids City.
    2. The hallowed Season - W.H.Jude.
    3. Veni jesu - L.Cherubini.
    4. In Dulchi Jubilo - Barthelomew Gesius.
    5. Unto Us A Child is born - Caleb Simper.
    6. Lo, How A Rose E'er blooming - Michael Praetorius.
    7. Magnificant.- Caleb simper.
    8. The Infant King - Edgar Pettman.
    9. What is this Fragrance? - french carol.
    10. brightest and Best - F.J.Thrupp.
    11. Hallelujah Chorus -G.F.Handel.

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