Portland News

December 20, 2020

Evening of Christmas Music

A limited number of congregation members were happy to attend a special evening of Christmas music on Sunday, December 20, and hundreds more were also happy to be able to watch online. The program began with a piano and organ duet of “Christmas Bells Medley” and “Good Christian Men Rejoice,” and then pastor Dave Lambert officially welcomed the audience and introduced Gary Riler who would direct the congregation in several carols throughout the evening. But first, Butch Carey read his first Scripture reading of the evening from Isaiah 7:14, one of the many Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah. Following this, the congregation sang “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

The first vocal ensemble was the Worthington family singing “Light of the Stable,” which says, “Hail, hail to the newborn King, let our voices sing Him our praises.” After John 1:6-12 was read, a mother-daughter trio of Rosie, Diana, and Holly Lambert sang the poignant song “Hallelujah, Light Has Come!” Later, a brass group accompanied by the organ played “Coventry Carol” before Luke 2:1-7 was read, which includes, “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.” Then a mother-daughter duet of Jillian and Julianne Luka sang “Once Upon a Christmas” proclaiming, “All the world rejoiced because the King was born at last. The Savior had been promised; now it has come to pass!”

During a brief intermission from the music, a Christmas gift from the congregation was presented to Brother Dave and his wife, Sister Rosie. They were delighted with a new Keurig coffee machine. The program continued with a string quartet (pictured above) playing “Once in Royal David’s City,” and then Victoria Worthington sang with them for the joyful carol “Jesu, Bambino.” The final piece was again the string quartet playing “Silent Night,” and then the congregation sang two more verses of the same song before Brother Dave closed the evening with a word of prayer. The combination of music and Scriptures were a beautiful representation of the gratefulness, joy, and hope that every believer feels at Christmas!