An Advent Music Celebration with Chancel Choir & Full House Brass


Call to Worship

One: I knew joy, but when I heard the laugh of a child,
All: suddenly joy was overflowing.
One: I knew love, but when you held my hand,
All: suddenly love was overflowing.
One: I knew God, but when you showed me grace, when you forgave me, when you loved me, when you raised me,
All: suddenly God was overflowing.
One: Together, we worship this Loving God, remembering that God is here, and we are never alone.
All: This is community.
One: This is the body of Christ.
All: This is home.

Hymn: #161  What child is this

Welcome & Gathering Prayer

The Gift of Welcome
Genesis 1, selected verses
O come all ye faithful, Full House Brass

The Gift of Hope
Isaiah 9:2,6-7
Night of Silence (Daniel Cantor), sung by Knox Chancel Choir

The Gift of Peace
Luke 1:26-38
Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth, Arr. Jay Althouse
Sung by Elysha Vorstenbosch and Jake Villeneuve

The Gift of Accompaniment
Luke 1:39-45
Mid-Winter, Bob Chilcott, sung by Knox Chancel Choir

Lighting of the Advent Candle of Love
Nicole Bardeau, Steve McGrath, Quinn and Rylan

Sung Response: #119 Hope is a star (vs. 4)

Love is a flame that burns in our heart.
Jesus has come and will never depart.
When God is a child there’s joy in our song.
The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong,
and none shall be afraid.

Hymn  #151  Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming

The Gift of Incarnation
Luke 2:1-7
O Holy Night, Full House Brass

The Gift of Proclamation
Luke 2:15-18, John 4:39-42, Mark 15:33,27-39, Luke 24:33-35
Go tell it on the mountain, Full House Brass

The Gift Offered

Offertory   Hark the Herald angels sing, Full House Brass

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Hope

Life & Ministry of Knox Waterloo

The Gift of Joy
Joy to the World, Hal H. Hopson, sung by Knox Chancel Choir


God Rest Ye Merry, Full House Brass

Worship Leaders

  • The Rev. Hugh Donnelly
  • The Rev. Courtney Crawford
  • Mary-Catherine Pazzano

Full House Brass       

Trumpet: Debra Lacoste & Dave Manning
Horn: Randi Patterson
Trombone: Carolyn Culp
Bass trombone: Susan Follows


Reading Accompaniment adapted from a prayer by Sarah Are, A Sanctified Art LLC,, Used with permission

Night of Silence, Daniel Kantor
Virtual performance permissions granted by GIA Publications, INC., Dec. 16, 2020

Mid-Winter, Bob Chilcott
Virtual performance permissions granted by Oxford University Press, Nov. 26, 2020

Joy to the World, Hal H. Hopson
Virtual performance permissions requested from publisher, Nov. 19, 2020

Knox Waterloo: CCLI License # 2580326
Images and videos used with permission