Chancel Choir: Here is a revised & updated December schedule. It includes the anthem list for Christmas Eve, etc. Please let me know if you have questions.
WESTMINSTER CHANCEL CHOIR ANTHEMS & SCHEDULE–Revised & updated as of 11-20-12
December 2 (Advent I-Trumpet Sunday / Communion):
Offertory Anthem: Comfort, Comfort Ye, My People –Genevan Psalter melody (1551)
arr. by Robert J. Powell
Communion: Hymn 13 (Prepare the Way)
December 2 (Lovefeast-5:00 p.m.):
Lovefeast Choir–meet in Music Rm. at 4:00 p.m. for a brief warm-up. Dress is Christmas apparel of your choice (the more greens, reds, silvers, & golds, the better!)
December 6 (Thurs., 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.): Choir rehearsal-Music Rm.
Women’s sectional rehearsal 7:00-7:30 p.m.-Music Rm.
December 8 (Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.): DRESS REHEARSAL for
Advent Lessons & Carols program–Sanctuary. Please be prompt.
December 9 (Advent II-String Sunday):
Our Advent Lessons & Carols program will be sung at both morning worship services. Choir warm-up in sanctuary at 7:45 a.m. DRESS is black & white combination. For men: tux (without the jacket) & bow tie; if you don’t own a tux, black trousers with white shirt & bow tie is fine. For women: Black skirt (any length, though longer is preferred) or black slacks with white or ivory blouse. Join us in the music room between services for coffee, juice, bagels, etc.
December 13 (Thurs., 7:30 – 9:15 p.m.): Choir rehearsal-Music Rm.
We will rehearse music for Dec. 16th, Christmas Eve, Dec. 30th, & Jan. 6.
December 16 (Advent III-Drum Sunday):
Offertory Anthem: Unto Us is Born a Son –Tune from Piae Cantiones, 1582; arr. by David Willcocks (in green Carols for Choirs I, p. 154)
December 18 (Tues., 6:00 p.m.): Christmas Caroling–a great tradition! Meet in WPC parking lot. We travel by church bus & private cars to sing for shut-ins & retirement centers. Carol books are provided, but you may want to bring flashlights & fun Christmas headgear! Join us for refreshments at WPC afterward.
NO REHEARSAL TONIGHT-Bell Choir will be playing this coming Sunday,
so take a well-deserved night off.
December 23 (Advent IV-Bell Sunday):
WPC Handbell Choir plays; Chancel Choir will NOT sing this morning.
December 24 (Christmas Eve; 8:00 p.m. service; prelude music begins 7:30 p.m.):
Choir warm-up in sanctuary 6:40 p.m.
Anthems: The Little Cradle –Spiritual; arr. Alice Parker
(#81 in Melodious Accord Hymnal)
I Wonder as I Wander –Appalachian carol; arr. John Jacob Niles
Coventry Carol –English tune; arr. Martin Shaw
(in green Carols for Choirs I, p. 83)
The Holly and the Ivy –English carol; arr. Ian Higginson
December 27 (Thurs.)–NO REHEARSAL–Enjoy what’s left of the holidays!
December 30 (1st Sun. after Christmas Day-one service only, 11:00 a.m.):
We will treat this like a "Summer Choir" Sunday; whoever shows up at
10 a.m. sings for the service. Join us if you can. . .it’ll be fun!
Anthem: Hallelujah! Come and Love Him –Mennonite Singing School tune; arr. Alice Parker
Though the Chancel Choir will sing for 11:00 a.m. worship on Sunday, January 6th, note that regular Thursday evening rehearsals don’t resume until January 10th. Mark your calendars & plan to join us in 2013. Encourage others to join us as well. Let’s keep our choir program vital & energetic in this new year, particularly as Westminster gears up for its 50th anniversary year!
NOTE: A special spring choral program is planned for Sunday evening, May 5, 2013, at 7 p.m. This program forms a major part of the kick-off Sunday that begins Westminster’s 50th anniversary celebration year. More details to come!