Worship

Filled with powerful music and uplifting energy. Whether at 8:45 or 11:00,
you will find a great worship experience here at FirstChurch.

Sunday, Dec. 15
Third Sunday of Advent

8:45 a.m.
“Finding Joy”
Luke 1:46b-55
Rev. Holly Bandel preaching

11 a.m.
A Service of Lessons and Carols
performed by Chancel Choir, soloists and orchestra

For a PDF of this Sunday’s 11 a.m. worship bulletin, click here.

Live broadband video of worship service available Sundays at 11:00 a.m. CST.

Sunday parking:
Free valet and handicapped parking at the church. Free garage parking in Bryan Tower (at the corner of San Jacinto and Harwood, diagonally across from the church).

 

Music for

Sunday, December 15, 2019

8:45 a.m.

Prelude: Angels We Have Heard on High arr. David Lowe

Hymn of Praise No. 250:  Once in Royal David’s City – IRBY

Offertory: Joy to the World – arr. Alex Guebert
Alleluya Ringers

Hymn of Invitation No. 238:  Angels We Have Heard on High – GLORIA

Postlude: Toccata on ANTIOCH – Craig Phillips

Tim Effler is the service organist and director of the Alleluya Ringers.

11:00 a.m.

Prelude: Angels We Have Heard on High – arr. David Lowe

Processional Hymn No. 250: Once in Royal David’s City – IRBY

Offertory:  Joy to the World – arr. Alex Guebert

Alleluya Ringers

A FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
Music from Messiah (Part the First) George Frideric Handel

The First Lesson Isaiah 40:1-5 -The Reverend Evan Jones
Recitative & Air: Comfort Ye & Ev’ry Valley
Ken Lambert, tenor
Chorus: And the Glory of the Lord
Chancel Choir

The Second Lesson Haggai 2: 6-7 – Laura McCavit
Malachi 3:1-3
Recitative: Thus Saith the Lord
Tim Johnson, bass
Chorus: And He Shall Purify
Chancel Choir

The Third Lesson Matthew 1:18-23 – The Reverend Ann Willet
Recitative: Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive
Air & Chorus: O Thou, That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion
Elise Whitmire, alto
Chancel Choir

The Fourth Lesson Luke 2:1-7 – The Reverend Holly Bandel
Chorus: For Unto Us a Child Is Born
Chancel Choir

The Fifth Lesson Luke 2:8-14 – Dorian Albert
Recitative: There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field
Recitative: And the Angel Said Unto Them
Recitative: And Suddenly There Was with the Angel
Rachel Ratcliff, soprano
Chorus: Glory to God
Chancel Choir

The Sixth Lesson Isaiah 40:9-11 – The Reverend Willet
Matthew 11:28-30
Air: He Shall Feed His Flock & Come Unto Him
Julianne Harris & Terra Wortley
Chorus: His Yoke Is Easy
Chancel Choir

The Seventh Lesson Revelation 21:1-5 Dr. Stoker

RESPONSE TO THE WORD
*Hymn of Invitation No. 238: Angels We Have Heard on High – GLORIA
(Vs. 1, 2 and 3)
Benediction: Dr. Stoker
Choral Response Chorus: Hallelujah
Postlude: Toccata on ANTIOCH – Craig Phillips

Dana Effler is the director of the Chancel Choir.  Tim Effler is the service organist and director of the Alleluya Ringers.

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