Christmas carols are an integral part of the holiday. For many people the tunes are familiar, the lyrics catchy, and the melodies easily put us in the holiday spirit. Yet, many of these songs carry with them deep and profound meaning. They retell traditions and stories from the Bible and for practitioners of the faith, they are songs of worship.
Pastor Michael Larsen gave an easy to follow presentation about the history of the carols. He cited several examples of where the carols can be found in the Bible and what the lyrics refer to. The Nagoya Players Choir joined in and sang a few carols mentioned in the presentation. We heard Joy to the World announcing the birth of baby Jesus and the melancholy yet powerful, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. It was absolutely enchanting hearing them sung so beautifully within the walls of a church.
The Nagoya Players Choir has morphed and evolved since we started production of The Gift of the Magi back in April of 2019. It’s been several months of continuous work and improvement. This was definitely on the hardest parts of the show to prepare, but one which we are the most proud of. Thank you to the Choir and our Choir Director Shawnna Hunter for creating something so wonderful from scratch.
After the presentation and carol demonstration, the NP Choir lead the congregation in a round of We Wish You A Merry Christmas. The workshop was then followed by a delicious and bountiful Fellowship Super hosted by NUC.
It was a perfect Sunday filled with good tidings, worship and cheer!
Thank you to Nagoya Union Church for being such a gracious host. NUC will be conducting Christmas Worship Service on December 22nd. Please visit their website for more details.
Please watch the choir in person as part of the show and hear all the amazing music they’ve prepared! The Gift of the Magi premieres Dec. 07-08, Higashi Playhouse.