St. Luke’s Christmas Music Festival

December 8, 2008
St. Luke's Christmas Festival

St. Luke



Music plays a very special part in the Christmas celebration here at St. Luke’s; what a thrill it is to hear those distinctive melodies that convey the spirit of the season! All who eagerly anticipate our annual Christmas Festival should mark your calendars for Sunday morning, December 14.

As is our tradition, this year’s Festival includes both familiar and new pieces. The morning of music will begin with an exceptional orchestral piece, Bizet’s Carillon (L’Arlesienne Suite #1) that evokes a grand vision of a Christmas celebration with much pomp and majesty.

But consider all the other emotions of Christmas… joy, wonder, awe, mystery, tenderness and love; this morning’s program of choral music will capture all of them and more! Selections include a rousing carol, Noe! Noe!, composed by Mack Wilberg for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, several favorite carols arranged by Wilberg as well as by Steve Amundsen (of St. Olaf College), a piece called In terra pax by Finzi, which gloriously recounts the Christmas story and a tender arrangement of Mariä Wiegenlied, by our own Taylor Davis. Add to that some congregational singing of favorite carols such as O Come, All Ye Faithful and O Little Town of Bethlehem, and you will experience a truly remarkable morning of music! 

Our Chancel Choir has been rehearsing the music for this event for months; come join us to hear the incredible results of all their hard work! The choir loft will be overflowing, and the sounds of their combined voices being raised on high will truly be the highlight of your Christmas season.

The musical services begin at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. on the 14th, so pick the one that works best for you and bring your family for an unforgettable Christmas memory. The 8:30 and 11:00 services are identical; there will be no Holy Communion for this one Sunday only. See you in church on December 14!
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
3471 Westheimer