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Young people become storytellers at TOTH

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By Special to the Monitor

Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church invites the public to its Christmas Eve Family Communion service. The service will include a musical celebration of Christmas, performed by youth at 5 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary of Trinity on the Hill, 3900 Trinity Drive.

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Approximately 25 young people, ages 3 through 15, will take part in a musical titled, “Bethlehem!” The presentation is a light-hearted dramatization of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and includes many different styles of music.

 “There’s a Great Light” which originates from South Africa, “The Shepherds Song” was written by New England composer William Walker and first published in 1835, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Angels We Have Heard On High” are sung in a combined arrangement and will be known to many in the congregation and the familiar words of  “While Shepherds Watch’d Their Flocks By Night” are set to a tune from Yorkshire, England, called “Lyngham” (or Nativity).

The story of the birth of the baby Jesus in Bethlehem is told with humor and many original, modern touches. The Angel Gabriel’s patience is challenged as he rehearses an angel choir of texting, restless singers; the Prophet Isaiah gets his prophecies mixed up; the townspeople and shepherds argue about plagues of locusts and boils; and even Joseph and Mary squabble about whose news is the more impressive.

In the end, the Prophet Isaiah reminds everyone that his prophecies came true and that we must, “Rejoice and accept God’s glorious gift to the whole world.”

 The musical is directed by Youth Choir director John Singleton and many volunteer helpers.

The nativity musical will be presented as part of a family communion service, with well-known congregational carols, readings and prayers.

All are welcome to attend and take part. At 9:30 p.m. Thursday, the public is also invited to a traditional Mass of the Eve of the Nativity, with carols sung by the congregation and the choir of Trinity on the Hill, directed by Joe Cox and accompanied on the organ by Valerie Silks.  On Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. a service of Christmas Day Communion will also be held.  

For more information about these and other services at Trinity on the Hill, please call 662-5107 or visit www.latoth.org.