On this third Sunday of Advent, First Presbyterian Church of Highlands presented “A Service of Lessons and Carols,” a worship service devoted to Scripture readings and carols proclaiming the coming of the Lord to Earth. This year, of necessity much of the music was taken from a previous year’s recording.
Pastors Emily and Curtis led the service, with a number of members of the congregation participating from home. Bill and Pam Peacock came to the sanctuary to perform the lighting of the Advent candles and Call to Worship. Celia McCullough, Gary Kaplan, Obie Oakley, and George and Cathy Manning submitted the Lessons, or Scripture readings, along with Curtis and Emily.
Special music was provided from a recording of the December 2019 Lessons and Carols, by Linda Lancaster, flutist, Carleton Alexander, oboist, and Erin Hansen, harpist. The trio played “Greensleeves Variations” as the Prelude, and accompanied the Chancel Choir on the anthems.
Also in 2019 the Chancel Choir, directed by Michael Lancaster, sang four anthems: “Rise Up in Splendor” by James Biery, “Cantical of the Turning” arranged by Hal Hopson, “Away In a Manger” arranged by Mack Wilberg, and “Night of Silence” by Diane Kantor, arranged by John Ferguson. At this time every year the sanctuary lights are dimmed and all worshippers hold candles aloft to signify the coming of the Light of the World.
Angie closed the service with a magnificent live organ rendition of “And the Glory of the Lord” from Handel’s “Messiah” as the Postlude.