“Let There Be Christmas”
On Sunday, December 20, at 7:00 p.m., The Sarah Allen Handbell Choir, The Charles Wesley Choir, and guest musicians will present Joseph M. Martin’s new Christmas cantata “Let There Be Christmas”. Immediately following this service, the United Methodist Women will host a reception in Asbury Hall.
This beautiful work includes familiar carols, as well as stunning new works. In the words of the composer:
“In one great crescendo of purpose, the season of Christmas sweeps us into its arms with an unfettered flourish of festivity. The glare of this explosion of activity often overshadows the fragile light that is the spiritual center of this sacred time.
“Simply, and with unexpected gentleness, Bethlehem’s star flickers to life like a candle in the winter wind—just when the night is longest. It kindles in the open heart a deep hope that warms and illuminates. It is by this dancing light of promise that we discover the miracle of the season. Emboldened, we are drawn close to the manger. By this candle of faith we see the Child of God wrapped in the simple, the Creator embraced and held by His own creation. It is this glorious impossible that proclaims,
“Let there be SONG…as a young mother’s lullaby becomes a symphony of praise that wakes the nations.
“Let there be FAITH…as ancient scrolls unfurl to reveal the living Word of God.
“Let there be HOPE…as the promise of a Redeemer opens like a sacred rose in the soul of the believer.
“Let there be PEACE…as the Spirit descends like a Dove with healing in its wings.
“Let there be LOVE…as the world feels the embrace of God’s perfect light.
“Let there be JOY…as our cup of worship overflows with thanksgiving.
“Let there be WONDER…as each seeker’s eyes reflect a glory that melts away doubt and reveals the treasure of belief.
“Let there be GRACE…and discover the heart of God.
“Let there be CHRISTMAS…and let the music of life begin and never end!”
Joseph M. Martin
The choir will be under the direction of Shaw Thompson. Accompanying the choir will be Robin Thompson, organ; Melle Sensibaugh, piano; Kristen Slaughenhoupt, flute; Roderick Brown, clarinet; David Lu, violin; and Kurt Slaughenhoupt, trumpet.
Gerald Berry will be the narrator; and soloists will be David Boyd, Alex Elliott, and Rebecca Thompson.
The service will begin with The Sarah Allen Handbell Choir playing the prelude, featuring new arrangements by Lloyd Larson of “Joy To The World” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”.
Please make plans now to include this very special service in your worship during this Christmas season.