From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

This Sunday December 23: Advent 4 and Choral Cantata

This coming Sunday we mark the fourth Sunday of Advent with our choral cantata at both services. Again this year it’s quite a large choir. They’ve been putting in many hours of work and rehearsal to make this a fine presentation. Here’s a bit of the promotional material that describes the cantata:

Combining the passion of Celtic musical traditions and the joyous celebration of Christ’s birth, Season of Joy offers a spectacular collection of new and beloved seasonal songs that will perfectly complement any Christmas program. Acclaimed arranger/orchestrator Daniel Semsen has brilliantly married traditional Celtic instrumentation with a vibrant contemporary sound. Featuring four new songs by Keith and Kristyn Getty, this one-of-a-kind musical combines such Irish classics as “The Wexford Carol” with exciting new Celtic-inspired arrangements of Chris Tomlin’s “Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground)” and Travis Cottrell’s “Jesus Saves.” A standout offering is the stunning overture, which features fiddles, penny whistles and bagpipes. No less than one dozen familiar carols artfully weave their way through the work, inviting your congregation to fully join the celebration.

I’m not familiar with all the names, but I know Keith and Kristyn Getty write beautiful music which we’ve sung before.You can hear audio clips by going here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

So I encourage you to come and join us in celebrating this season of joy.

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