Music for December 22, 2019

Dear Guilford Community Church 9:00 Choir and friends

This
coming Tuesday is Christmas Eve. Do not panic – we have minutes left to
prepare! We have a blend of favorites, classics and new pieces. This
will be very do-able! 

Don’t
forget we will meet at 8:30 am on Sunday, 12/22, to run through these
Christmas Eve anthems before working on the Pageant music at 9:00 am.

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1) Choir schedule for Christmas Eve. There are two services, as usual. The music will not be the same at both services.

3:00 pm Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24 – Choir practice for the afternoon service. Please let Peter Amidon know if you are planning on singing in the choir for this service.

4:00 pm Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24 – the afternoon Candlelight Service. 


9:30 pm Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24 – Choir practice for the late night service.  
After
the choir practice, about 10:40, there will be a brief run through for
brass players of “Joy to the World” downstairs in Zeller Hall.

11:00 pm Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24 – the late night Candlelight Service.

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2)
Here are the 5 anthems we will sing for the late night Candlelight
service on Christmas Eve. I will sound sound files in a separate email.

We Come, Lord, This Christmas Eve – music by Edvard Greig and words by Lary Crockett. This piece will be an introit preparing us for the service.

Shepherds Arise – a carol from England. Four-part joyful rural harmony.
O, Little Town of Bethlehem – The classic arrangement by Ralph Vaughn Williams from the Oxford Book of Carols.
Lala, mtoto lala – An East African lullaby in Swahili.
O, Mary – Peter Amidon’s setting of a carol from Lousiana published in the Seeger Family’s "American Folksongs for Christmas”.
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Peter
and I will have packets of Christmas Eve music at the church this
Sunday, 12/22, for those of you who wish to take one home.

It
will be a joy to sing with all of you this holy season of Christmas. It
will do all of our hearts good to join in the fellowship and the
healing power of song. Let either of us know if you have questions.
Andy

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