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The Promise of Light

Friday, December 7, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | Pender

 

You're invited to a musical celebration of God's gift of eternal light! The Pender UMC music ministry presents "The Promise of Light", a cantata (narrative piece of music) composed by Joel Raney. The piece includes Christmas carols and original choral music blended with narration, piano, handbell, and percussion, to tell the timeless story of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.

The production will take place during Pender's only Sunday worship service on December 9, at 10 a.m. Stay for a delicious brunch after worship!

No RSVP required; all are welcome. Childcare will be available during worship for ages birth through 6th grade.

DATE AND TIME

Sun, December 9, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST

 

LOCATION

Pender UMC

12401 Alder Woods Drive

Fairfax, VA 22033

Just In Time For Christmas ~ Christmas Countdown

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | Christmas

From RevKev, Pender's Former Associate Pastor - "As it was, so it is, Christmas about Jesus. We are all distracted by the glitz and festivities, but let us hear the sound of Angels and the call to worship our Newborn King. Just in time for Christmas, a gift from God to you: A baby in a manger who would love us through and through.."



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Carol of the Bells ~ Christmas Countdown

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | Christmas

 

Carol of the Bells

Carol of the Bells was composed by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (1877-1921) in 1916. Originally titled Shchedryk, this Ukrainian folk song is sometimes called Ukrainian Bell Carol. "Shchedryk" which was associated with the coming New Year, originally celebrated in April.

Leontovych used this tune in 1904 along with lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky to create the version that everyone knows today. It gained popularity during the 1920s and 1930s, and was introduced to an even wider audience when it was used in the movie "Home Alone".

It was first performed in the Ukraine on the night of January 13, 1916, on the Julian calendar this is considered New Year's Eve. In the United States the song was first performed on October 5, 1921 at Carnegie Hall.

This video is from the Christmas special of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, presented at the BYU channel. The orchestra and choir produce a very beautiful sound.



Not the standard version -



The O'Connor Music Studio has several versions of this Christmas Carol available for loan, including this version from the Mannheim Steamroller: