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December 2012

posted 4 Dec 2012, 13:12 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

The Choir has continued its usual routine of hymn-singing, with anthems during Communion. The numbers have been even lower than usual at times, but we have always managed to sing something as people come up for Communion. These have included a modern but tuneful anthem, ‘Loving Shepherd of thy sheep’, by Philip Ledger, and one of our standbys, ‘My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord.’ This is particularly useful if there are not many present, or we have not had a practice during the week, as we all know it well. There is not usually a conductor for this, but Marcus joined us to sing Tye’s ‘O come, ye servants of the Lord’, which drew favourable comments from the congregation.

Ahead of us lies Advent and Christmas, which involves quite a lot, apart from the Carol Service. This year there is to be an Advent Communion, at 6.00pm on 2nd December, and although Jill and Pat, stalwarts among the females, will not be there, we are trying to make it something special for the occasion. Then there is the Midnight Communion for Christmas, which is always a very special Service too.

The Augmented Choir has started rehearsing for the Carol Service, at 6.00pm on Sunday 16th December - do put that in your Diary! It will follow the usual pattern, with traditional Carols, and Readings read by people from all the local churches. The Choir, with 15 - 20 singers, are practising four carols, and also a Round written by Marcus to serve as an Introit! We hope all present will enjoy these. One, the Gallery Carol, is quite modern, but rhythmic, and hopefully everyone will like it. The choir has certainly worked hard, and we hope for the usual glorious occasion.