On the morning of Sunday Dec. 20, the sounds of Christmas will be alive in the air of Baldwinsville.
St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church will present a Festival of Lessons and Carols at the 9:30 a.m. service featuring the musical forces of the church joined by the Clinton String Quartet from the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. The children of the Sunday School will also present their Christmas Pageant to complete the visual counterpoint to the musical offering. There will be Brunch following the service to which all are invited. The church is located at 2840 Cold Springs Road in Balwinsville.
This festival service, crafted by noted sacred composer Hal Hopson, will outline the story of Christmas beginning with the creation of the world, the prophecies and ending with the birth of Jesus and the many witnesses to this miracle. The carols are a combination of well known and unknown, and contain ample opportunities for congregational participation in their singing.
The combined choirs of St. Mark's will sing and ring hand bells throughout the service in a series of fresh, inventive settings of carols from around the world, each corresponding to a reading from scripture. The award-winning Clinton String Quartet will also provide inspiring music from their own repertoire, in addition to accompanying the singing.
St. Mark's music director, Frederick Willard, will conduct, and Alice Hatt will be the guest organist. A free will offering will be received.