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Music in Advent
will feature the liturgical settings of Healey Willan along with major organ works, sung canticles, psalms, seasonal hymns and special anthems. The later will include works by J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel, as well as choral music by the widely-published local composer Crawford R. Thoburn and arrangements of African American spirituals
and international folks-songs. 

December 14 at 10:30 – Lessons & Carols
with a series of traditional scripture readings complemented by a wide variety of musical offerings from the Chancel Choir and Balcony Bells along with instrumental accompaniment on
pipe organ, trumpet, violin, and french horn. 


 Christmas Eve
the church offers two festive celebrations of Holy Communion, a family carol service at 4:00 pm and a full Choral Eucharist at 11:00pm. 
The prelude for the late service begins at 10:30pm with music for brass and pipe organ, and the liturgy includes several anthems and
many favorite hymns sung in candlelight.

Christmas Season 
On December 24 at 10:30 am, the Feast of the Nativity is celebrated by a communion service with organ and carols. On Sunday, December 28 the regular Eucharistic schedule resumes with a spoken service at 8:00 am and a sung service at 10:30.  The Feast of the Epiphany will be celebrated in a sung service at 10:30 am on Sunday, January 4 accompanied by guest organist Dr. George E. Damp.

NEWS for Chancel Choir singers, bell ringers and friends of the music program can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/stjohnithacachoir/home ,
which is updated weekly!

Read the newsletter introduction to our new director of music, Karen A. Hindenlang.

St.Francis

Chancel Choir welcomes novice and experienced singers from
Middle School through Retirement.
We sing a variety of a cappella and accompanied sacred
choral literature ranging from Renaissance to 21st Century.

Balcony Bells invites new and seasoned ringers to enjoy practicing and performing on our four octaves of Malmark Handbells.