December is filled with many opportunities to worship the coming of the Christ Child. There are four mid-week and four Sunday Advent services. This gives us time to prepare for our Savior’s birth.
The second Sunday of December, at 3:00 in the afternoon, is the Holly Tea. This year the White Rose Chorus will be back. They are a group of men singing in barbershop harmony. John and I will be sharing music played on the organ and piano with you. Those in attendance will be singing some beloved Christmas carols and hymns.
The German Christmas service will be on the third Sunday at 4:00 in the afternoon. There will be brass instruments playing with the organ. The Lancaster Liederkrantz Hobby Chor will also provide special music during and after the service After the service, there will be a fellowship time of food and drink.
The fourth Sunday, in the morning service, the adult choir will share the good news of Je-sus’ birth through a service of “lessons and carols.”
All of this leads up to Christmas, the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Je-sus Christ. We will worship this event at both services on Christmas Eve, 7:00 and 11:00.
The hymn, "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," tells of the angels message to the shep-herds on that first Christmas. But it also shares that the message is still true for us today, if we hear the angels sing.
As the booklet, Stories of the Christian Hymns, states: "A popular Christmas hymn written in 1850 by a Unitarian minister Edmund Hamilton Sears, born at Sandisfield, Massachusetts, April 6, 1810. Although most of his life was spent in the ministery (twenty-seven years at Wayland, Mas-sachusetts), for twelve years he was associated with Reverand Rufus Ellis in the editorial work of the Monthly Religious Magazine. It was here that most of Sear's poetical works were published."
Have joy-filled Christmas !
Minister of Music
THE ADULT CHOIR: Sharon Hennig, Karen Hildebrand, Lois Hollinger,
Lois Stambaugh, Dave Stambaugh, Wally Smith