From Darkness to Light:
An Advent Weeks Music Service
Sunday, December 15, 2019 • 10am
On Sunday, December 15, the Chancel Choir and Amethyst Strings will present the annual Weeks Music Service. This year’s lessons and carols liturgy, From Darkness to Light, uses a series of texts from Isaiah and the Gospels to describe the prophecy and coming of Christ’s Light. Reverend Canon Jeremy Davies, retired Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral, describes the concept of this liturgy thus:
“Our world is dark — despite our human ingenuity and inventiveness — and our lives are dark as well, but year by year we light a candle in a dark room, as a sacramental affirmation that God has already lit a candle in our dark world. That light of the world has a name — his name is Jesus. ‘That light was the true light that enlightens everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never overcome it.’ That is the Christian good news, that though our world is dark, a light shines. Its meaning is this: God loves us and will never leave us. That conviction gives hope to our world and to each one of us. That is the message of Advent.”
These rich themes will be expressed in a variety of music by the choir and instrumentalists, including familiar carol tunes with new Advent words, selections from Baroque cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Kuhnau, and contemporary anthems by composers Carson Cooman and Roland Martin. Progressing from the reflective to the joyful, this musical service of preparation for Christ’s coming is not to be missed!
The Weeks Music Service is made possible through the Weeks Memorial Music Endowment established by Kent and Karen Weeks in loving memory of John, Helen and Gardner Weeks.