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Special Christmas Eve Music at Christ Presbyterian Church


Join us tonight as we offer special music at both services to celebrate the birth of our Lord. 

7:00 pm Worship

  • The handbell choir will ring in the service with “Christmas Suite,” a festive arrangement of three familiar carols.

  • Joseph and James Sayen will play trumpet with congregation for the carols during worship.

  • The Children’s Choir will sing two anthems: “Born in a Manger” and “Would You Bring a Song?” with Carolyn Tate playing recorder.

10:00 pm Worship

Come 20 minutes early and listen to some Christmas selections provided by musicians of our congregation:

  • “Cherry Tree Carol,” Jay Lough, psaltery, a ballad about Mary asking Joseph to pick her fruit from a tree on their way to Bethlehem. When he refuses, Jesus causes the tree to bend its branches down to her.

  • “Silent Night/’Neath the Silent Stars,” Jay Lough, psaltery, the familiar Austrian carol, first performed on Christmas Eve 1818, with a lovely descant of unknown origin.

  • “Noel Nouvelet,” June Gladding and Barbara Stefan, piano 4 hands, a 15th century French carol.

  • “I Wonder as I Wander,” Tom Shaw, solo, an Appalachian folk song written by American folklorist and singer John Jacob Niles.

  • “Still, Still, Still,” Rachel Sarrano-Winograd, piano, an Austrian lullaby. Its first line translates from the German as “Hush, hush, hush, for the little child wants to sleep!”


During our Lessons and Carols, the choir will sing “A Babe is Born in Bethlehem” and “Love Came Down at Christmas.”


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Perplexity and Advent


the state of being very confused because something is difficult to understand


 Would you be confused, troubled, or even terrified if you heard these words from Sunday’s reading?


“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.  He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’” (Luke 1:26-33)


In Our Worship Music This Sunday, December 21


Prelude: “Gabriel’s Oboe,” Jill Westeyn, oboe


Although this haunting melody, written by Ennio Morricone, comes from the film The Mission, it is easy to imagine the soothing voice of the angel Gabriel as he speaks to Mary.


Anthem: “Be Born in Me,” Sue Ferguson, soloillus-049 (1)


This song may illumine Mary’s thoughts and feelings.  It is from THE STORY, a collection of songs and films inspired by Bible stories and written by Nichole Nordeman & Bernie Herms.


Everything inside me cries for order!
Everything inside me wants to hide!
Is this shadow an angel or a warrior?
If God is pleased with me, why I am I so terrified?
Someone tell me I am only dreaming.
Somehow help me see with Heaven’s eyes.
And before my head agrees, my heart is on it’s knees.
Holy is He. Blessed am I.



unresistingly or humbly obedient



Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord;

let it be with me according to your word.”   (Luke 1:38)


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Christmas Cantata this Sunday!

CantataCome and worship with us at 11:00 a.m.


Hear and sing the songs of 

Advent and Christmas.



Prologue: A Child is Born

A Child is Born in Bethlehem · Traditional Danish


Suite I: Born is the King

Joy to the World · George Friderich Handel

Christ Was Born on Christmas Day · Traditional

On Christmas Night · Sussex Carol

O Sing a Song of Bethlehem · Traditional English melody

Sing We Now of Christmas · Traditional

Joy to the World · Handel


Suite II: Child of the Manger

Wexford Carol · Traditional Irish

Shepherds! Shake off Your Drowsy Sleep · Traditional French

What Child is This? · 16th century English melody

Love Came Down at Christmas · Benjamin Harlan


Suite III: And He Shall Come

Every Valley · Benjamin Harlan

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus · Benjamin Harlan

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming · 15th century German carol


Suite IV: The Light of the World

Christ is the Light of the World · Benjamin Harlan

The First Noel · 17th century English Carol

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing · Mendelssohn (Congregation join)

Angels We Have Heard on High · Traditional French

Joy to the World · Handel (Congregation join)


Alleluia, Alleluia!


We welcome our narrators and instrumentalists:

Sheila McLean & Terry Miller, narrators; Rachel Sarrano-Winograd, piano;

Lydia Hays, violin; Richard Wang, viola; Diana Chou, cello; Carolynn Baer, flute;

June Gladding & Carolyn Tate, percussion


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