• St. Paul's United Methodist Church (map)
  • 5501 Main Street
  • Houston, TX, 77004
  • United States

St. Paul’s Choir and Treble Choir will lead an Advent Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 4, at 6 pm.

That morning at 9:45 in the Youth Center Dr. Paolo Bordignon will offer a lecture, “Music and Liturgy in Advent.”

Initially developed from ancient forms of worship, the Service of Lessons and Carols is adapted from one that has been sung annually at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, since 1918. Interspersed with readings rich with imagery of the coming of the Christ-child, and the redemptive work of God in the world, St. Paul's Choir and St. Paul's Trebles will offer music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Richard Lloyd, Grayston Ives, Philip Ledger, Andrew Carter and others. Hymns include, "Lo, he comes with clouds descending" (descant by John Scott), "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" (arr. Andrew Carter), and "Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding" (descant by Alan Gray).

Assistant Organist, Ken Coleman, and Organ Scholar, Bryan Anderson, will play for the service. The organ prelude begins approximately 5:45pm. Repertoire includes "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 645 and "Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich," BWV 605, of Bach, Brahms' "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen" and Prelude on "Veni Emmanuel" by Bairstow.

After the service, coffee and dessert will be provided for all by St. Paul’s Youth in the Youth Center, located on the ground floor of the Sanctuary Building.