Rejoice! Bethlehem’s Promise is coming soon!

 

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 Advent: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.

 As we sing of the coming of the “notable person” this Sunday, are we ready to welcome him? Are our hearts filled with wonder at the mystery of it all? Will we know  him?

 

December 11 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

 

Candle-lighting Hymn: We light the candle of joy this week.  The melody is the familiar American tune, “Away in a Manger.”joy

 

A candle is burning, a candle of Joy,

A candle to welcome brave Mary’s new boy.

Our hearts fill with wonder and eyes light and glow

As Joy brightens winter like sunshine on snow.

 

Anthem: “Will We Know Him?” Questions abound in this Advent anthem by Don Besig and Nancy Price. Are we ready for the Babe of Bethlehem to be born in a lowly stall? Are we ready to greet the tiny little king who will come to save us all? Are we ready for the star of Bethlehem to appear in the winter sky? Are we ready to follow anywhere it leads, and let its light fill all our lives?

 

Hymn: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” 

 

O come, thou Day-Spring, come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

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Peace on Earth

advent-peaceAdvent: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.

 

As we sing of the coming of the “notable person” this second Sunday of Advent, prepare your hearts (clean the stable!). And pray  for peace in the world, in every home and in every heart!

 

 

 

 

Prelude: O Come, O Come, Immanuel – Carolynn Baer, flute

 

Candlelighting Hymn: We light the Advent candle of peace this week.  The melody is the familiar American tune, “Away in a Manger.”

 

A candle is burning, a candle of peace;

A candle to signal that conflict must cease.

For Jesus is coming to show us the way;

A message of peace humbly laid in the hay.

 

Anthem: “Advent Grace”The quietly joyful strains of “Gloria in excelsis Deo” open this Advent anthem. An adaptation of the O Little Town of Bethlehem text is paired with the classic Amazing Grace melody. Carolynn Baer will play flute.

 

Hymn: “Today We All Are Called to be Disciples”  In this hymn text by H. Kenn Carmichael, there are scripture references from Genesis, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, Amos, Micah, Matthew, John, Colossians, James, and 1 John! These words from the 3rd stanza express our theme of peace for this Sunday.

 

For God is longing to restore an earth where conflicts cease,

A world that was created for a harmony of peace.

 

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Hope of the Earth

Advent: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.

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As the wonderful season of Advent begins,  watch and wait for the “notable person.” Let the anticipation build! Let the excitement grow! Build a manger! Get ready! Hope is on the way!

 

Sunday, November 27 Music

 

Guest organist: Roy McCullough

 

Candlelighting Hymn: As we light the Advent candle this Sunday, we sing about the light of Christ which is hope.  The melody is the familiar American tune, “Away in a Manger.”

 

A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright;

A candle of Hope in December’s dark night.

While angels sing blessings from heav’n’s starry sky

Our hearts we prepare now, for Jesus is nigh.

 

Hymn: “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus,”

Charles Wesley wrote this Advent hymn. Like so many of Wesley’s texts, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” alludes to one or more scripture passages in virtually every phrase.

For many Christians, this hymn is synonymous with Advent.  Musically, the tune fits very well with the hymn, and makes it easy to sing so we can focus on the words.  Hymns are first of all texts: poetry on a religious topic for singing in worship.

The 2nd stanza expresses our theme for this first Sunday of Advent: HOPE.

 

Come Thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free.

 From our fears and sins release us. Let us find our rest in thee.

 

Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;

 Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

 

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Gratitude and Commitment Music

Our Music this Sunday

 

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It is our tradition at Christ Presbyterian Church to celebrate Thanksgiving on the Sunday before the holiday. It is a wonderful coincidence that it is also Commitment Sunday for our Stewardship Campaign. As we express our gratitude for the many and abundant blessings God has provided, we return our “first fruits” in thanksgiving. Our music on this day reflects our thanks and praise, and also our commitment to God’s work in our midst, our community and the world.

 

Prelude – The Gift to be Simple – Chancel Ringers

Call to Worship – With Thanksgiving – Youth Choir

Hymn – Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Anthem – A Thanksgiving Prayer – Youth and Sanctuary Choirs

Hymn – As Those of Old Their First Fruits Brought

 

In gratitude and humble trust, we bring our best today,
to serve your cause and share your love with all humanity.
O God, who gave yourself to us in Jesus Christ your Son,
teach us to give ourselves each day until life’s work is done.

 

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CPC Youth Choir to sing for local Memory Care Community

13240703_10209919968505175_3201355734154960491_nThe families of residents at Arden Courts Fair Oaks, just across the street from the church, have invited us to present a program of music for the residents there this Sunday at 1:00. Music is known to “spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages” of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Many thanks to June Gladding and our youth and children for their hard work preparing  this outreach project.

Parents: Community Service hours available.

 

 

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Intergenerational Sunday School – Music!

intergenerationalJoin Christ Presbyterian adults, children and youth in the sanctuary Sunday at 10 for a half hour of songs from the Bible, Sunday School, and church camp.

 

Whether you’re young or young-at-heart, parent and child, singer or not, if you want to sing some of the songs of your childhood, this is for you!

 

Learn the movements and sign language for some of your favorite songs.

 

The B-I-B-L-E

Noah (Rise and Shine)

Father Abraham

and more!

 

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Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

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“Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”

Hymn #345

 “Remember not our past sins; let your compassion be swift to meet us.” Psalm 79:8

 

The author of this thoughtful text has often been called “America’s beloved Quaker poet.”  John Greenleaf Whittier wrote this hymn in 1872 to express his conviction that the way to God was through simplicity and sincerity.  It was part of his larger 17-stanza poem, “The Brewing of Soma,” published in Atlantic Monthly.  Soma was the name of an intoxicating drink used in the religious rites of a Hindu sect in India.  It was purported to put its users into a “…frenzy, an ecstatic storm of joy, an emotional trance.”  Whittier deplored this kind of religious practice popular in his day, and sought to reflect our belief in God in our love relation to others.

Whittier had little personal knowledge of hymn singing, since the Quakers did not allow singing at that time.  He once said, “Two hundred years of silence has taken all the sing out of the Quakers.”  Yet it was Whittier who also claimed, “A good hymn is the best use to which poetry can be devoted…”

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,

forgive our foolish ways;

reclothe us in our rightful mind,

in purer lives thy service find, 

in deeper reverence, praise.

 

Some churches today use the inclusive language “Dear Lord, Creator, good and kind,” or “Dear God, embracing humankind.”

Frederick Maker set Whittier’s poem to the tune REST in 1887 for use in the Congregational Church Hymnal.  Maker is also the composer of the hymn “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.”

 

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I am very grateful for the musicians who offered their talents in worship this summer.

Jay Lough, Fitz Kirwin & Allison Ali, Geoff & Colin McLean, Anne Scroggs, Carolynn Baer, Eric Westrate, Carolyn Tate, June Gladding & the Music Camp children

 

Music Opportunities at Christ Presbyterian Church

Chancel Ringers – Tuesdays 7:30 – 8:45pm – RINGER NEEDED!

Sanctuary Choir – Wednesdays 7:30-8:45pm

Children’s Choir – Sundays 9:30 – 9:55am

Chime Choir – Sundays 12:15 – 12:45 (twice a month)

Instrumental Solo or Ensemble – Any time

 

CONTACT BARBARA AT MUSIC@CPCFAIRFAX.ORG.

 

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Join a Christ Presbyterian Church Music Ensemble!

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Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Psalm 100:1-2

 

Sanctuary Choir

Age 14 & up Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 8:45 starts Sept 7

 

Children’s Choir

K – 6th grade Sunday mornings, 9:35 to 10:00 starts Sept 18

 

Handbell Choir

6th grade & up Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 8:45 starts Sept 20

 

Intergenerational Chime Choir

Ages 9 to 99! 2 Sundays a month, 12:15 to 12:45 starts October 2

 

Instrumental Ensemble

Christmas Cantata strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion mid-December

 

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Celebrating Our Music Camp Volunteers!

Picture1Over 50 CPC, community & parent volunteers contributed generously to the splendid success of our “Shout for Joy” Music Camp last week! Many thanks to all of you for offering your talent, time, creativity, energy & faithfulness.

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Maestro: Geoff McLean

 Conductors

June Gladding – Orff & Singing

Lindsey Smith – Music Appreciation

Rachel Sarrano – General Music

Jay Lough – Story & Song

Marilyn Dorn – Arts & Crafts

Susie Twedt – Arts & Crafts

Deb MacLean – Musical Food

Christy Raut – Musical Food

Barbara Stefan – Handbells & Chimes

Betsy Stagno – Registration

Bonnie Short – Registration

 

Assistant Conductors

Anne Scroggs, Stephanie Twedt, Nayana Raut, Colin McLean

 

Backstage

Sheila McLean (registration), Peggy Crawford (painting), Charles Thies (carpentry)

Section Leaders

Charlene Bennett, Gretchen Bennett, Nancy Dean, Ashley Boichot, Romita Mandal, Howell Thomas, Sandy Williams, Maria Chang, Teresa Bennett, Maddy Raut, Kendra Bush, Bill Gilchrist, Jack Absetz, Lou Goelz, Mary Ellen Absetz, Keith Scroggs, Tisha Kramer, Don Williams, Kappy Vorona, Carolynn Baer, Dereck Rinehart, Jim Baer

 

Parent Helpers

Ethel Wong, Jenay Fricke, Cathy Yu, Briana Solomita, Kathryn Reyes, Annie Tang, Jenny Kim, Cathy Dai, Meiyun Zeng, Kaeley Kim

 

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Our Music This Summer

 Summer MusicMake a joyful noise

It is our tradition to invite musicians from our congregation and beyond to provide worship music during the summer months.  We are grateful for their offerings of talent in the praise of God.

 

July 24 & 31: Many thanks to Jay Lough, psaltery and Colin & Geoff McLean, duet for their musical offerings during worship. Jay played “Be Thou My Vision,” and the McLean duet was a lovely arrangement of John 15, “I Am the Vine.”

August 7: If you missed the band High Energy in July, you have another chance! Alison Ali and Fitz Kirwan will be back to sing our service music again this Sunday. Their island rhythms and melodies combined with their upbeat spirituality will offer us a meaningful worship experience.

August 14: We are very excited about our Music Camp next week!  100 children from the surrounding community will learn songs based on Psalm 100. Some of those children will join us to lead in worship.

♪ Prelude: Song of Joy – Music Camp Handbells

♪ Call to Worship: Make a Glad Noise/Shout for Joy

♪ Hymn: He Has Made Me Glad

♪ Anthem: His Love Endures Forever

♪ Scripture: We are God’s People (Psalm 100)

 

August 21: Anne Scroggs will play a Handel flute sonata during our worship. God has given us all a variety of gifts. Today we celebrate the gift of composing great music and the talent God has given Anne, a lifetime musician who uses her gift diligently and faithfully to bring music to life.

August 28: Eric Westrate and Carolynn Baer will provide our worship music.

 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

Our handbell choir, the Chancel Ringers, is in need of a ringer. If you want to be part of a dynamic and committed musical group, please see me about joining. We ring in worship several times a year and practice from 7:30-8:45 on Tuesday evenings.

 

 

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