There are several suggested options for using this pieces in the context of
worship. Here are a few, but don’t hesitate to be creative and find your own
that works for you.
- Since this piece is a part of a series that is meant to encourage choral
participation with your congregation, we hope you will allow the
congregation to join on the one verse of Silent Night and one verse
of O Little Town. They are arranged in traditional form so that there
is no rehearsal needed – just turn and let the people join, or project words
at the appropriate place in the music so the congregation knows when to
sing. They will enjoy being a part of the choir!
- The piece would be very appropriate in the context of a dramatic moment
around the manger, if you’re doing that style of presentation during the
Christmas season. Imagine the manger, Mary, Joseph, some shepherds – maybe
even a sheep or two!– being quietly in place while the choir and
congregation sing this piece as they view the scene.
- An effective possibility might be to have Mary and/or Joseph sing the
melody of the initial chorus (mea. 9-20) while the choir sings an "Ooo"
vowel on the parts. This would be particularly nice if Mary and Joseph were
looking into the manger in a dramatic scene. The congregation and choir
could then join on the rest of the piece as written.
- This piece would be well placed early in the Advent season or in a
Christmas Eve service. In both cases, the lyrics emphasize that we should
take the time to bow in awe because a Savior has come – "the wondrous Gift