Rev David Bryce
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Welcome to The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist. We are a mid-sized church of almost 400 families and individuals.
From September through early June, we offer two worship services each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., along with religious education classes for children (preschool through teen). Child care is available for younger children. On certain specified Sundays, announced in advance, there are changes in the schedule. Our social hour after each service is a wonderful way to meet people; our members make a special effort to greet visitors and new parishioners.
During the summer, June 15 to September 2, there is a lay-lead service at 9:30 a.m. Child care is available during the summer.
***Sunday, December 14th***
CHRISTMAS MUSIC SERVICE 10:30am
Music: Messiah -George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Choir Soloists Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Alfa Joy Radford, Minister of Music
and Ian Garvie, Assistant Music Director
Church Service and Sunday School Program Gr. PreK-6
Childcare for infants and young children
This Sunday morning, during our annual Christmas Music Service, the Sr. Choir and soloists, accompanied by a chamber orchestra will present Part I of Handel’s well-known oratorio, MESSIAH. We will interpolate one movement from Part III, “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” a thrilling bass aria in dialogue with virtuosic trumpet solo passages. The orchestra Concertmaster will be First Church parishioner, Kenneth Stalberg. At the close of the service, the congregation will be invited to join in the singing of the “Hallelujah Chorus” – always a stirring experience!
Handel, an extremely prolific composer, wrote Messiah, his most famous choral work, in just three weeks during the year 1741, when he was 56 years of age. The music is varied, ranging from exuberant choruses to tender, poignant solos and mystical recitatives which tell the Nativity story.
Join us on Sunday, as we observe and celebrate the season of love and
Rev. David M. Bryce, Hallelujah!
The Christmas greens and poinsettia
that decorate our Church are given by the Farnham Memorial Fund.
Leslie Talmadge, Leslie Walker, and Jeff Larson
Welcome & Announcements:
Betsy George & Todd Schatzki
Christmas Music Service 10:30am
Morning Trumpet Fanfare “Abblasen” -attributed to Gottfried Reiche (1667-1734)
Robinson Pyle, trumpet
Major Choral Work: MESSIAH
- G. F. Handel (1685-1759)
Choir, Soloists & Orchestra
conducted by Ian Garvie,
Assistant Music Director; Alfa Joy Radford,
Minister of Music and Organist
Congregation & Choir:
Melanie Bacaling, soprano
Livia Racz, soprano
Melanie Salisbury, soprano
Irina Kareva, alto
Davron Monroe, tenor
Chuck Claus, bass
Bruce Kozuma, bass
** Next Sunday, December 21st **
Multigenerational Services with Children’s & Youth Choirs
Rev. David M. Bryce