Lessons and Carols – 12/16/2018

Sunday, December 16, 2018, the congregation enjoyed a “Lessons and Carols” service led by the Chancel and Bell Choirs of the Newark First United Methodist Church.  Director & Organist – Barb Seppeler,  Piano – Jean Bendix, Bell Choir (2nd Anthem) Director – Kathy Cornwell.  Thank you to the Directors, accompanists, speakers and musicians for a beautiful service.   The music and scripture included the following:

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus  (Hymn – Congregation & Choirs)

O Come, All Ye Faithful (Hymn – Congregation & Choirs)

Once in Royal David’s City   (Hymn – Congregation & Choirs)

  • First Lesson:  God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of paradise and that his seed will bruise the serpent’s head. [Genesis 3]

Beautiful Story  (Anthem – Chancel Choir)

  • Second Lesson:  God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall all nations of the earth be blessed.  [Genesis 22]

Away in a Manger  (Hymn – Congregation & Choirs)

Child in a Manger  (Anthem – Chancel Choir)

  • Third Lesson:  The prophet foretells the coming of the Savior. [Isaiah 9]

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light  (Hymn – Congregation & Choirs)

In the Bleak Midwinter (Hymn – Congregation & Choirs; Kathy Cornwell clarinet interlude)

  • Fourth Lesson:  The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming  (Hymn – Congregation & Choirs; Jenna Taylor, euphonium interlude)

  • Fifth Lesson:  The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary. [Luke 1]

Angels We Have Heard on High  (Hymn – Congregation & Choirs)

And Heaven and Nature Sing  (Anthem – Bell Choir)

  • Sixth Lesson:  The gospel of Luke tells of the birth of Jesus. [Luke 2]

How Far is it to Bethlehem  (Anthem – Chancel Choir)

O Little Town of Bethlehem  (Hymn – Congregation & Choirs)

  • Seventh Lesson:  The Shepherds go to the manger. [Luke 2]

While By My Sheep  (Anthem – Bell Choir & Organ)

  • Eighth Lesson:  The wisemen are led by the star.  [Matthew 2]

We Three Kings  (Hymn – Congregation & Choirs)

  • Ninth Lesson:  God unfolds the great mystery of the incarnation.

Joy to the World  (Hymn – Congregation & Choirs)

Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing  (Recessional)

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