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; Robert Weiss, trombone; Anita Hutton, piano
               (What our good God for us has done in sending his beloved son)

CALL TO WORSHIP 

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 Sextet: Joe Walczyk, trumpets; Jennifer Presar, horn; 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