A Celebration of Music and Dr. Julie Jonassen as she retires after 18 years as Director of Music at Hope UMC!
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We welcome you to the Hope United Methodist Church’s Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, a program of scriptures and music, which is based on a service first held at King’s College, Cambridge, England, on Christmas Eve in 1918. A revision of the Order of Service was made in 1919, involving rearrangement of the lessons. The backbone of the service, the lessons and the prayers, has remained virtually unchanged since then. The carols do change every year, although the service has always begun with the hymn Once in Royal David’s City, and closes with congregational singing of O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Interest in the service grew in the 1930s, when the BBC began broadcasting this Christmas Eve service, a tradition that continues to this day. Many churches have adapted the service for their own use, and “Lessons and Carols” continue to be celebrated around the world.
The nine lessons we hear today are from the New International Version Bible. The carols comprise a mixture of familiar and new settings of traditional and ancient hymns. We invite you to join in singing of the hymns that are noted in this program. A Hope tradition is to end our service with the Hallelujah Chorus. If you’d like to sing with us, please join the choir at the front of the sanctuary during the singing of Hark the Herald Angels, and music will be provided.
The entire Sunday service is now available via YouTube.
Our summer music series continues with special guests and music while our choir takes some much needed rest. This Sunday is going to be a real treat for classical music fans as we feature an all Bach Sunday of music. Providing music for our worship service this Sunday are:
- Dr. Julie Jonassen, Music Director and Organist
- Dr. Susan Andrade, Soprano
- Dr. Thibaut Eguether, Violin
Service starts at 10am but you might want to come early for the prelude….
This Sunday (August 4th) Hope UMC continues with guest music during service as our choir takes a well deserved break. If you missed Colleen Harris and Julie Jonassen last week playing piano and organ duets, you can still catch it on one of our DVD’s available in the fellowship hall.
Coming this week is another duet. This time it is Julie on the organ and her husband Rick Rabe on the bagpipes! They will be playing several duets including a medley of hymns. It is not to be missed!
There’s more special music in the weeks ahead, keep watching the website for news!