Fourth Sunday of Advent
Jos Milton, tenor
Melinda Coffey Armstead, piano
Prelude to Worship
Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming . . . arr. for piano solo by R. Hartsell
O Come, O Come Emmanuel . . . arr. by J. Milton
What Songs Were Sung . . . John Jacob Niles
O Little Town of Bethlehem . . . arr. for piano solo by John Carter
Peace was the first thing the angels sang.
Peace is the mark of the sons of God.
Peace is the nurse of love.
Peace is the mother of unity.
Peace is the rest of blessed souls.
Peace is the dwelling place of eternity.
– Pope Leo I “The Great” (ca. 400-461)
This Christmas is unlike any we’ve experienced, and has presented opportunities for music making in ways I never dreamed of. As we can’t gather together in our homes or the chapel, I’ve asked my traditional team of outstanding soloists and dear friends to record their voices and instruments at home in Miami, FL, Oxford, MS, somewhere in Canada, Santa Cruz and here in Carmel, to add to my piano recordings of the song accompaniments. Thanks to the magic of digital recording and high-speed internet email you will hear us together on the Christmas Eve program. You’ll also hear some electronic keyboard tracks of organ, harps, flutes, trumpet and glockenspiel, which I’ve had a lot of fun learning how to use. Planning, learning and recording the weekly music program for CitF services has been a blessing for me during this time of quarantined isolation. Thank you for your continued support of music at CitF. I know that 2021 will find us all together again.
Wishing you a very safe, warm and Merry Christmas!