Music for Christmas Eve at First Lutheran

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First Lutheran Church, 120 Chandler Street, will have two Christmas Worship Services with the Contemporary Service at 4:00 p.m. and the Traditional Service at 10:00 p.m. preceded by a 15-minute vocal and instrumental musical prelude beginning at 9:45 p.m. Pastor Daniel S. Rumfelt will preside at both worship services with a Christmas meditation. Face masks are required with the social distancing protocol. Hand sanitizers will be available.

The 4:00 p.m. Contemporary Service with members of the Sacred Fire Team will feature instrumental and vocal music utilizing video technology. The service will include carols, scripture readings, and a Christmas message by Pastor Rumfelt. The service will be an abbreviated 30-minute service due to health concerns. The service will be video recorded and available online via the Sacred Fire First Lutheran Jamestown Facebook page; First Lutheran Church Jamestown Facebook page; and on our church website www.flcjnyl.org.

The 9:45 p.m. Instrumental/Vocal Prelude will include organ music by Brian A. Bogey, Minister of Music entitled “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” arranged by Richard Purvis; a Piano/Organ Duet “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Good Christian Men/Theme from the ‘Nutcracker Suite’” arranged by Linda McKechnie featuring Julie Livengood, pianist and Brian Bogey, organist; a vocal duet by Julie Costantini and Marika Koch entitled “Ten Thousand Joys!” by Marsh/Dean; and a piano solo “Canon de Noel” arranged by Joseph Martin and performed by pianist, Gail Espinoza.

The 10:00 p.m. Festival Worship Service will feature congregational hymns and carols accompanied by organ and choral anthems sung by the Select First Lutheran Choral Ensemble and accompanied by Julie Livengood, pianist. The choral music will include ‘Hosianna” (Hosanna to the Son of David), by Vogler, sung in Swedish; “O Holy Night” by Adolphe Adam; and “There’ll Be Joy On That Morning” by Gordon Young. The service will not include the traditional Candle Lighting Ceremony or Holy Communion due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. The Traditional Service will also be recorded on the First Lutheran Church Jamestown Facebook page and the church website www.flcjnyl.org. The public is cordially welcome to attend.