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Children’s Christmas Eve Service

All young children are invited to participate in our family Christmas Eve Service. We have costumes for all, donkeys, sheep, angels, shepherds and more!  Visiting grandchildren, friends and neighbors are invited to participate.

RSVPs are appreciated so we have an idea of how many will be coming.

Contact Alexandra to sign up.

Please arrive by 3:40 pm so we can get everyone into their costumes.  Looking forward to seeing you and Merry Christmas!

Share Christmas Eve with us!

Advent Service of Comfort and Hope

A quiet service of prayer, reflection, and song. We will light candles to honor those we’ve lost and offer anointing for any who wish to receive it.

The Chapel |  57 E. Park Place, 07960.

Face masks required.

Imperial Brass

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Imperial Brass will perform Sounds of the Season at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown

Imperial Brass has been delighting audiences around New Jersey for over 25 years. Originally founded as the Rutgers Alumni Brass Band by alumni Steve Dillon and Jon Korsun with arranger Mark Freeh, the band gave its first concert in April of 1991. Since then, Imperial Brass has presented highly entertaining programs that include traditional brass band literature, classical arrangements, popular music and more.

Many of the world’s greatest brass musicians have worked and collaborated with Imperial Brass over the years. Featured artists have included former principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic Philip Smith, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic Joseph Alessi, storied British euphonium soloists Robert and Nicholas Childs, famed American jazz cornetist Warren Vaché, principal trombone of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Charles Baker, and principal tuba of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Derek Fenstermacher.

Imperial Brass has performed at memorable venues across the state, including multiple appearances at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, the Montclair Citadel, and the Monmouth County Public Library in Manalapan. The band also performed at the International Trumpet Guild conference held at Rowan University in 2006, as well as the New Jersey Music Educators Association Convention in 2013. Imperial Brass has worked under the baton of many fine conductors, including Patrick Burns, Brian Bowen, Thomas McCauley, Anthony LaGruth and currently Ron Waiksnoris, who has served as Music Director since 2016.

Imperial Brass has also recorded, produced and released 6 CDs: Imperial Brass Highlights (1995), Imperial Brass and Friends (2002), Bone-a-Fide Brass (2007), Have Yourself a Brassy Little Christmas (2007), An American Legend: Imperial Brass Plays the Music of Leroy Anderson (2017), and Imperial Brass Plays J.S. Bach (2018).

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Christmas Joy Dedication

BRING JOY THROUGH THE CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING

For Sarah Valentina Hernandez Solache, the highlands of Mexico were, and always will be, home.  Despite their beauty, the area was and is a really dangerous place for young girls, and so her parents decided to send her to pursue her education in the US at the Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, TX.  This school, related to the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., motivates and equips young people for lives of Christian leadership in the global community.  Valentina credits this Christian community for “helping me find myself and my faith…I found my blessing here.”

Donations to the Christmas Joy Offering began in the 1930s and help to fund schools like the Pan American, which produce Christian leaders of the future; they also help to support Christian leaders of the present and past who may need some financial assistance along the way.  These donations are gifts that keep on giving, here, and throughout the world.  They not only enrich the receivers, but they enrich us in this season of Advent, as we await God’s special gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Bring JOY to our past, present, and future church leaders by donating to this year’s Christmas Joy. Drop off or mail a check to the Parish House (65 South St., 07960).  Be sure to write “Christmas Joy Offering” on the memo line.  You can also make an online donation via Breeze (be sure to select “Christmas Joy Offering” from the dropdown) or use the envelopes found in the sanctuary pews. We will dedicate this offering on Sunday, December 19.

Wreath Making Event

Come decorate an evergreen wreath and enjoy some festive treats!

Thank you for your interest, this event has reached capacity.

A Ceremony of Carols

Based on medieval carols, the circumstances surrounding Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols were difficult, both personally and professionally. The composer had fled to the United States at the outbreak of war in 1939 and during the three years he spent living in Brooklyn he met a cast of America’s most influential artists, writers and performers including Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, Edward Hopper and Salvador Dali, and W.H. Auden.

But by 1942, the mood in New York had changed and a homesick Britten felt the time was right to return home and he undertook the perilous journey across an Atlantic Ocean infested with U-boats. Despite the obvious dangers, Britten was able to spend the journey composing. He completed his Hymn to Saint Cecilia and began to arrange Christmas carols found in a book of poetry he had picked up in Nova Scotia before boarding the Swedish cargo ship, MS Axel Johnson, for the fraught passage home. The result was A Ceremony of Carols, a turning point for Britten, marking a return to his English musical roots and the development of a more populist and obviously melodic style of writing.

Originally written for harp and treble voices, A Ceremony of Carols begins with an unaccompanied procession, ‘Hodie Christus natus est’, before the harp joins with the choir for a series of carols telling the traditional story of the birth of Christ. Originally the carols themselves were intended as a series of unrelated songs, but just before the original performance in 1943, Britten added a final carol along with the harp interlude.

The text, structured in eleven movements, is taken from The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems, edited by Gerald Bullett. It is principally in Middle English, with some Latin and Early Modern English. It was first performed by the women of the Fleet Street Choir, but Britten quickly decided that the sound of boy’s treble voices were better at reflecting the child-like innocence he wanted to achieve through his setting. On 4 December 1943, the final version was performed by the Morriston Boy’s Choir at Wigmore Hall in London, conducted by Britten himself, and it was this same group which also made the first recording. Later in 1943, Britten published a version for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass mixed chorus – the version that the Chancel Choir will perform.

There is an excellent recording of the mixed voices arrangement of the piece conducted by Harry Christophers with The Sixteen and harpist Sioned Williams, available on Spotify and Apple Music.

Notes by Matthew Webb, sourced from the publisher Boosey & Hawkes website.

A Ceremony of Carols featuring The Chancel Choir with Merynda Adams on Harp.

Spiritual Practices for the Season

Spiritual Practices for the Season, by Kathleen Long Bostrom.

Advent Small Group

Biblical passages that tell the Advent story and a prayer practice. Featured prayer practices include breath prayers, centering prayers, doodle prayers, and light prayers.

Led by Alexandra Mead.  Join us today at 1:30pm.

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Mondays

1:30 p.m. with Alexandra Mead
7:30 p.m. on Zoom with Rev. Sarah Green
Wednesdays
7:30pm on Zoom with Vern Verhoef

Spiritual Practices for the Season

Spiritual Practices for the Season, by Kathleen Long Bostrom.

Advent Small Group

…Biblical passages that tell the Advent story and a prayer practice. Featured prayer practices include breath prayers, centering prayers, doodle prayers, and light prayers.

Led by Rev. Sarah Green. Join Us!

Sign Up Here.

Mondays
1:30 p.m. with Alexandra Mead
7:30 p.m. with Rev. Sarah Green
Wednesdays
7:30pm with Vern Verhoef
All groups meet via Zoom.
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