In case you missed them, our concerts last Friday and today are wonderful examples of the ways our children can tell the story of Christmas. On Friday our youngest ones sang preciously about how Mary was chosen and how the throngs of adorers followed that bright star to the manger. This morning our older students narrated the tale and sang in two and three part harmony about the road to Bethlehem and then finished with a rousing rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, followed by the orchestral arrangement of Joy to the World and Ode to Joy.
One of our goals with these concerts is to help us all to sense the joy of this season, at the same time that our students come to understand further that they are part of something bigger than themselves. The teamwork that it takes to pull off such a performance is a valuable lesson for them and a wonderful gift to the audience. Today's concert was especially noteworthy because so much of the logistics of the tableau were student led and directed. There were no adults backstage making sure it all happened. It was students leading students.
If you missed this morning's concert, I urge you to come join us this evening at 6:15. We are proud of their accomplishment and grateful for all those who have helped them share their talents with us.
No matter what your faith tradition, we can all celebrate the messages of peace, joy, love and hope. As a reminder of all that has been going on this fall and in our Advent activities, I also want to share our holiday greeting with you.
On behalf of all of us at St. Anne's, I want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
Peace and Joy,