Methodists presenting 'Come, Messiah King' Sunday

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The Fredericksburg United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and Orchestra will present “Come, Messiah King” on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m. and again at 3 p.m.

The musical is a recently released work that is “a fresh new look at a timeless narrative,” said Don Doss, FUMC director of music ministries. “‘Come, Messiah King’ is a celebration of the birth of Jesus and how his coming to our world 2,000 years ago changes people today.”

The church’s Chancel Choir of 44 voices will lead this musical celebration along with the Praise Team. Accompanying the voices will be a 24-piece orchestra with instrumentalists from the church and community, led by the church accompanist, Judy Hickerson.

There’s a little of every kind of Christmas music in this work, including some Vivaldi and Mozart. Other favorites which will be performed are “Gesu Bambino” and “One Small Child.”

 One of the highlights will be a jazzy arrangement of “Ding Dong, Merrily on High” featuring the orchestra’s rhythm and brass.

A streaming video can be viewed on the church’s website, http://fredumc.org or by following the stream at www.justin.tv/fredumc. 

The church has been recording worship services since April and those can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/channels/511784.

The Methodist church also has scheduled its remaining Sunday worship services in December to be a single service time at 10:30 a.m. for Sundays, Dec. 22 and Dec. 29.  The Christmas Eve schedule includes a “Kid-Friendly Christmas” service at 3 p.m., a contemporary worship time at 5 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. traditional service, with the last Lessons and Carols worship being at 9 p.m..

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church is located at 1800 N. Llano St. A nursery is provided.

Dr. Jason Fry and Rev. Danielle Knapp are pastors of the church.

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