December 7, 2018
On that first Christmas Eve, humans heard angels testifying of the Savior in song. Catching the spirit, they also began to sing. This is precisely how this concert has come together.
A paraphrase of 1 John 1:3 well summarizes our Christmas Concert this year: That which we have seen and heard sing we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
Angels we have heard. It is our prayer that you, also, will hear the angel song.
Every Bell on Earth Shall Ring
December 8, 2017
The Scriptures devote very little space to the details of Christ’s first Advent. Despite this silence, services and festivals celebrating the story of Christ’s birth have in common a great variety of inherited details such as winter (darkness, cold, snow); vegetation (pine trees, holly, ivy); light (candles); and bells, a sonic element much celebrated in Christmas music.
Bells appear in scripture only rarely, but each time they are associated with holiness. Zechariah, for instance, ends his book describing nations worshiping the King, the Lord of Hosts, accompanied by bells engraved with the inscription “HOLINESS TO THE LORD.”
Our music in this concert ranges from the 17th century to the present day, from familiar to brand new, from majestic to intimate. You will hear voices and instruments imitate bell sounds, texts about bells, and actual bells as well. In all of these sounds, whether bell-like or actual tintinnabulation, we invite you to listen as Zechariah would have listened, and hear as Zechariah would have heard—HOLINESS TO THE LORD.