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Christmas Music, Part 7 – Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Charles Wesley (1707-1788),  the younger brother of John Wesley wrote the words to this Christmas Carol.

Charles was a hymn writer and a poet, also known as one of the people who began the Methodist movement in the Church of England. Hark the Herald Angels Sing appeared in 1739 in a book called Hymns and Sacred Poems.

Wesley envisioned this being sung to the same tune as his hymn, Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,  and in some hymnals it is included along with the more popular version.

This hymn was regarded as one of the Great Four Anglican Hymns and published as number 403 in “The Church Hymn Book” (New York and Chicago, USA, 1872).

To celebrate the invention of the printing press, Felix Mendelssohn composed a cantata in 1840 called Festgesang or “Festival Song”. The melody of Mendelssohn’s cantata was then used by William H. Cummings and adapted it to the lyrics of Wesley’s “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”.

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

And, of course, no one can do it better than The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

 

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2015 in Christmas Music, Holidays, Posts of Interest

 

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Christmas Music, Part 6 – Just In Time For Christmas

From RevKev, Pender’s Former Associate Pastor – “As it was, so it is, Christmas about Jesus. We are all distracted by the glitz and festivities, but let us hear the sound of Angels and the call to worship our Newborn King. Just in time for Christmas, a gift from God to you: A baby in a manger who would love us through and through.

Just In Time For Christmas, the latest album release by JC Reigns. 100% of the sales from this CD go to Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to support their mission of providing life-essential support to those needing assistance.

CDs available for purchase at the WFCM Thrift Store in Chantilly, Va. Visit www.jcreigns.org for more information and for a link to purchase digital copies.”

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Tonight at 5:00 PM ~ Advent Sing ‘n Celebrate

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Sing ‘N Celebrate, Celebrating Advent

December 6 at 5-6pm in the Fellowship Hall

As part of our Advent Journey, join us as we focus on another, most difficult journey which brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, where we feature the reaction of an innkeeper and his wife who had nothing but a stable to offer to this special couple. Hope was born in the midst of disappointment.

We are looking forward to hearing the Christmas praise music of the new band which will be auditioning.

 

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Christmas Music, Part 4 – I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

 

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is a Christmas carol based on the 1863 poem “Christmas Bells” by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The song tells of the narrator’s despair, upon hearing Christmas bells, that “hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men”. The carol concludes with the bells carrying renewed hope for peace among mankind.

This version is done by Casting Crowns.  I chose it because the Pender choir sang this on Christmas Eve with past-Associate Pastor Dan Elmore singing the solo…and I fell in love with this version.

As seen on 2008 TBN Christmas special. “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” is available on Casting Crowns’ Christmas album, Peace On Earth.

More traditionally, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s version:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2015 in Christmas Music, Holidays, Posts of Interest

 

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Today at Pender ~ The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 21, 2014

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Please join us this Sunday, December 21st, in worship at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 Services.

8:15 & 11:00 Services Sermon Title: “If you take the CHRIST Out of Christmas, What Do You Have Left?” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

9:30 Common Ground Sermon Title: “Celebrate Jesus!” (Luke 1:46-56)

For more information about our upcoming sermons, click here.

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Also Today:

  • December 21: The Fourth Sunday of Advent Do you know the meaning of the Chrismons on the Advent Tree? Find out here: More information
  • December 21: In the spirit of Advent we are excited to offer devotionals written by the congregants here at Pender church. We hope that in these busy and hectic times, you will return each day, to find peace and Christ in the stories you will find here. Pender Advent Devotions
  • December 21: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • December 21: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • December 21: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Cooking Oil
    • 46 oz. bottles of oil, fruit juices, plastic bags and egg cartons are always needed and welcome too!

    Donations can be left in the blue grocery cart in the coat rack section.

  • December 21 The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 184 sermons available.  More information
  • December 21: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • December 21: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • December 21: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • December 21: Sunday School Classes.  More information
  • December 21: New Directions Sunday School Class, “All In” by Mark Batterson. The following is a brief synopsis regarding the study – “Nothing belongs to you — not even you! Discover the radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King of your life!” New members are always welcome!! We meet in Room 206 at 9:30 AM. If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson by email or at (703) 815-1744.
  • December 21: Sunday School Class: The Truth Project (began September 21) (in the Genesis to Revelation Sunday School Class in Room 218-220) This Focus on the Family’s DVD series, with 26 one-half hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett, is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. lesson discusses the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.
  • December 21: Sunday School Class: The Good and Beautiful God (began September 21) (Room 205 – Library) A new Sunday School course immediately after the 9:30 am worship service led by Brian and Angie Green will be reading and discussing this book. To sign up or find out more information, please sign up on the Connection Card in the bulletin on Sunday.
  • December 21: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
 

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