The choir is really building up! We have had three new members volunteer since Scott and I joined – driven by desperation to drown us out most likely! If we are all present there are now 8 voices in the choir, including our hired gun, Katy. The church organist, Elaine, turns out to have serious choir-directing chops and excellent taste, so it’s kind of exciting! Between the building enthusiasm and the beautiful music, I came out of church just sailing today! I have found my place!
A few years ago I wondered about advent hymns. I wanted to observe Advent, and it seemed to me there surely must be Advent music. Of course I knew the one everyone knows — O Come O Come Emmanuel. But surely a church season with four Sundays has more than one hymn, I thought. Still, looking in hymnals at the advent music, nothing jumped out at me. I just needed a little guidance and a little help getting familiar.
Each week the music has been so beautiful and lyrically so appropriate for Advent. This week we sang such beautiful ones. It was our second week with this hymn which we sang during communion:
The 16th century melody has a wonderful, free and rolling rhythm that goes really well with the words – and is really catchy. Can’t get it out of my head! Our other communion hymn was gorgeous (#69 in the 1982 Hymnal), but you can’t find it on the net because it’s still under copyright. The tune was very minor and madrigal-like. Entrance and exit hymns have also been advent-oriented and very enjoyable.
Go forth and find some advent music! It will help you crack open this season and set Christmas in context.