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Music Dept Update

It’s a busy time of year in the music department as we undertake preparations for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Here are a few details…. 

Advent Lessons & Carols 

We’ll be presenting excerpts from Handel’s Messiah in a L&C-style format at the 10:30am service on Dec 16th. Our new section leaders will sing arias and recitatives, and the choir is working hard on a chorus. We will even have a volunteer string quartet to accompany us (thanks to Betsy Daniell, Katie Wolff, and a couple of friends of Michael Jack and Daniel Summers Jr.).

Christmas Lessons & Carols, 7:00 p.m.

On Christmas Eve, our early service this year will be a L&C featuring many of the great familiar Christmas songs you know by heart. Performances by soloists, small ensembles, and the full complement of voices and instruments will be featured. This service will not be a Eucharist.

Carol Sing and Christmas Eucharist, 10:30 p.m. 

Come get a big dose of Christmas carols as we await the celebration of Christmas. The service will be a Rite II Holy Eucharist service; it will feature traditional Christmas music.

Twelfth Night, January 5th

On the last day of Christmas, we will gather to celebrate the coming of the wise men to the baby Jesus by holding a festive dinner followed by an evening of music and prayer.


Evening Prayer

We have relocated the evening prayer service held on Wednesday evenings to 7:30 p.m. so that it can include music (psalms, canticles, hymns, etc.). The service lasts about 30 minutes, so come try it out.


Dec 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Taize returns this month; we will have the traditional series of readings and music accompanied and sung by our bell ensemble.

Service Music

Our new service music settings of the Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei reflect the change in season. They are based on the music written by John Merbecke for the first Anglican Prayerbook in the 16th century, and features our bell ringers.

There’s a lot going on and you’re welcome to participate as a listener and/or performer!

--Tom Elston