The music of the Christmas season occupies a special place in our collective musical palette—beautiful expressions of our faith and a deep nostalgia. Come join us this Christmas Eve for a blessed worship experience as we celebrate the
gift of the Nativity.
At the Prelude, the Plymouth Ringers offer two Catalan carols: "Ríu, Ríu, Chíu" and "Fum, Fum, Fum." Two German chorale settings ("From Heaven Above to Earth I Come" and "In dulci jubilo") by Johann Sebastian Bach will be heard from the organ. Frank Martin's contemporary "Three Christmas Carols" will be offered by vocalist Blair Carpenter, flutist Aaron McGrew, and myself on piano.
The Chancel Choir sings a paraphrase of the medieval poem "Yes, Indeed!" in a delightfully quirky setting by Daniel Pinkham. An intimate rendering of "In Bethlehem Town" by Robert Lau follows the evening's Christmas Meditation.
A warm and playful organ setting of the French carol "Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella" by Keith Chapman closes our Christmas Eve celebration.
And join us for the 11:00 a.m. service on the Sunday after Christmas for a casual service of carols selected by...you! Vocalist Lucas Jackson joins us for a few holiday classics from Vince Guaraldi and John Lennon as well. Let's "gather around the piano" with some yuletide cheer!
We hope you will join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. for this year's Christmas Eve celebration in a prerecorded service of carols, bells, strings, organ, and choral music of Christmas past and present.
While recorded well before this Holy Night, the spirit of the season —and the Good News—is wholly manifested in the expressions of our communal worship together, albeit virtually.
A stable lamp is lighted whose glow shall wake the sky...
a barn shall harbour heaven, a stall become a shrine.
– from the carol "A Stable Lamp Is Lighted" by Richard Wilbur
Just a few days later, on the First Sunday after Christmas, a casual service of carols and stories. Join us for a relaxed worship hour of Christmas meditations and song as we gather around the piano and sing just a few more carols this year! There may even be a bad Christmas sweater or two. Sorry.
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
– from the movie "Elf," spoken by the title character Buddy Hobbs (a would-be elf) played by Will Farrell.