Happy Thanksgiving

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 Come, ye thankful people, come; Raise the song of Harvest-home. All be safely gathered in Ere the winter storms begin; God, our Maker, doth provide For our wants to be supplied, Come to God’s own temple, come; Raise the song of Harvest-home. Text: Henry Alford Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Happy Birthday, America

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O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears! America! America! God shed His grace on thee And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!

Memorial Day

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In memory of the men and women who have given their lives in military service to the United States

Happy New Year

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This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. May we step confidently into the new year, knowing that – as children of God – we are never alone. Wishing you and yours God’s peace in 2017.  

Christmas Countdown

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Christmas is nearly here!! We’d all be rich if we had a nickel for every person who’s covered today’s song: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Even though it was written fairly recently (1944), it’s one of the most-performed Christmas songs. Judy Garland was the first to sing it, in the movie Meet Me in St. … Continued

Christmas Countdown

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I was ten years old when I first saw Messiah performed live. It was sung by the Apollo Chorus of Chicago at Orchestra Hall on Michigan Avenue, and since then I have enjoyed dozens of additional performances of that beautiful oratorio by Apollo. Even after moving away from Illinois, I have flown back many, many … Continued

Christmas Countdown

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The Hymn for Christmas (also known as See Amid the Winter’s Snow, and Hymn for Christmas Day) is perhaps not as well known, but the lyrics are lovely. See, amid the winter’s snow, Born for us on Earth below, See, the tender Lamb appears, Promised from eternal years. Chorus: Hail, thou ever blessed morn, Hail … Continued

Christmas Countdown

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Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates is quite old, having been written in the mid-1600s. (The lyrics to this hymn also bring to mind one of my favorite choral selections from Handel’s Messiah. Based on Psalm 24, Lift Up Your Heads is found in Part II.) For now, though, we’ll focus on the hymn. These are … Continued

Christmas Countdown

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Today’s musical “countdown” comes courtesy of an old chestnut: O Little Town of Bethlehem. Most everyone knows the first verse of all the popular carols from memory – but I find the not-so-well-known additional verses are often quite beautiful. It’s nice to be reminded of “the rest of the story!” O little town of Bethlehem How … Continued

Christmas Countdown

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In my household, music is an integral part of Christmas….especially Handel’s Messiah. I have lots of Christmas music, and enjoy pulling out and listening to the holiday CDs each year. (The collection continues to grow – as this year I added two more!) Now that we’re getting very close to Christmas Day, I thought it … Continued