As ALL of us know, the parish hall has had one LOUD problem since the hugely successful renovation almost 10 years ago. That problem is SOUND. WAY TOO MUCH SOUND. It’s hard to hear, it’s loud, and makes gatherings in the parish hall much more difficult than they should be.
Well, after many years of living with this, we are finally getting a long-anticipated acoustic solution installed this week. We will never have a library-like space (not with maple floors and wood ceiling and large windows), but there should be a substantial improvement in the space.
I’d like to thank all of those who generously donated to this cause, as it will make gatherings much more pleasant for many years to come, for both parishioners, and all of the many groups who use the space.
In the old space, I’d say THANK YOU!!!
But in the new space, hopefully it comes out with a much more gentle… thank you
Steve Grillo and Susan Gates
CANDLELIGHT SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS is this Sunday at 4p.m. Come hear the story of the birth of Jesus told through word and song. We will be joined by the Senior Choir of Central Congregational Church, and all of our choirs will also be singing or playing. Our last piece, “Hope for Resolution,” is a tribute to Nelson Mandela and will be sung by all of the choirs together. We hope to see you for this long-standing All Saints’ tradition, and urge you to bring a friend.
Sunday’s music continues with the theme of preparation, and includes some foreshadowing. Next week, Advent 4, Gabriel comes to Mary and tells her that she will give birth to Jesus. The “B” Sharp Choir will be the lead singers at the 10a.m. service and will be singing the “Magnificat in d minor” by George Dyson, which is one of the pieces for their spring Three Choirs Festival. This magnificat is a song of Mary, and is thus your peek into next week. The opening and closing voluntaries are by contemporary composer Malcolm Archer, and are based on two hymn tunes of the day.
This Sunday’s music is about more waiting and preparation and you will hear images repeated in both the scripture readings and the hymns. The Handbell Choir will ring a version of “Lo, He comes with clouds descending” and the organ voluntaries will be on the tunes of “People Look East” and “Prepare the Way, O Zion.”
CANDLELIGHT SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS – Please plan to join our choirs, as well as the Senior Choir from Central Congregational Church, for this wonderful service on December 15 at 4p.m. As always, there will be a wide variety of carols, including French and Zulu carols, as well as an opportunity for you, the congregation, to do some carol singing. Come hear the story of Jesus told through scripture and song, and take some time to remember the real reason for the season.
Each of the Sundays of Advent I will be leading a forum looking at the spiritual journey through four experiences of Conversion, Sanctification, Surrender, and Discipleship
I. Advent One: Conversion Continue reading