Lessons and Carols 2020

A Service of Lessons and Carols 

(Dec. 13, 2020)
(Streamed online)

PRELUDE Meditation on “I Wonder As I Wander”      arr. Tim Rumsey
                 (When Mary birth Jesus, 'twas in a cows' stall)

                         Navidad Nuestra                A. Ramirez/arr. Edward Benyas
           Gabriela Benyas, violin; Edward Benyas, oboe; 
           Maya Benyas, cello; Kara Benyas, piano
                      (Night foretold, night of love, God is born)

WELCOME

INTROIT Wexford Carol Traditional Irish/arr. R. Walters
          Eric McCluskey, baritone; Anita Hutton, piano
               (What our good God for us has done in sending his beloved son)

CALL TO WORSHIP 

HYMN O Come, All Ye Faithful No. 234
BIDDING PRAYER
THE LORD’S PRAYER 

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLES   

READING Isaiah 9: 2, 6,7 (Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold by Isaiah)

CAROL Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming Traditional German/arr. M. Hayes
          Olivia Donnel, soprano
               Isaiah 'twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind)

READING Luke 1: 26-35, 38 (The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary) 

CAROL The Seven Joys of Mary Robert Buckley Farlee
          Edward Benyas, oboe; Anita Hutton, organ
     (The Seven Joys of Mary:  (1) The Annunciation; (2) the Visitation; (3) the Birth of Our Lord; (4) the Adoration of Jesus by the Magi; (5) the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple; (6) the Resurrection of Our Lord; (7) the Assumption of Mary in body and in soul into Heaven)

READING Micah 5: 2-4 (The prophet Micah foretells the glory of Bethlehem) 

CAROL    Once in Royal David’s City      Henry Gauntlett/arr. J. Althouse
          Paula McNally, soprano; Joe Walczyk, trumpet
               (Where a mother laid her Baby in a manger for His bed.)

READING Luke 2, 1-7 (Luke tells of the birth of Jesus)

CAROL O Holy Night                Adolphe Adam/arr. Mark Hayes
          Olivia Donnel, soprano
               (Behold your king, before Him lowly bend!)

READING Luke 2: 8-16 (The angels appear to the shepherds)

CAROL Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow!           Spiritual/arr. Mark Hayes
          Robert Weiss, trombone
               (Leave your ewes and leave your lambs)

READING Matthew 2: 1-12 (The visit of the Wise Men)

CAROL Behold That Star!      Spiritual/arr. Mark Hayes
          Eric McCluskey, baritone
               (The wise men came on from the East. 
               To worship Him, the Prince of Peace.)

OFFERTORY See Amid the Winter’s Snow J. Goss/arr. L. Larson
Brass Quintet: Joe Walczyk, trumpets; Robert Weiss, trombones; Anita Hutton, piano
               (Born for us on Earth below. See the tender lamb appears. 
               Promised from eternal years.)
READING John 1: 1-14 (St. John unfolds the great Mystery of the Incarnation)

CAROL  Jesus, O What a Wonderful Child Spiritual/arr. Mark Hayes
          Paula McNally, soprano
               (New life, new hope, new joy He brings.)

HYMN Joy to the World No. 246  

BENEDICTION All Is Well M. W. Smith & W. Kirkpatrick/arr. L. Larson
          FUMC Virtual Sanctuary Choir; Gabriela Benyas, violin; Edward Benyas, oboe; Jennifer Presar, horn; Maya Benyas, cello

POSTLUDE  Angels, from the Realms of Glory     Edwin Johnson/arr. R. Weiss
           Joe Walczyk, trumpet; Robert Weiss, trombone; Anita Hutton, organ