Salem Lutheran offers the ‘Message in Song’

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

The public is invited to “What Sweeter Music: A Festival of Carols, the Message in Song” at two Salem Lutheran worship services this weekend: 5 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The Christmas Cantata by Mark Hayes features 15 English, German and French carols interwoven with newly composed songs to celebrate Christ’s birth.

Adult and children’s voices combine with an instrumental ensemble of Jennifer Docherty, flute, Kimberly McShane, trumpet, Jordan Smith, percussion, Ron Vanatta, piano, Denny Vaupel, keyboard, Brandon Weber, bass, and Dave Meyer, sound.

Soloists include Mary Safford and Brandon Weber in “Promise of Peace,” Julie Breidenbach in “Song of Mary,” Coco Breidenbach, Kellie and Kimberly Hohlfeld and Brandon Weber in “O Holy Night” signed by Cristy Meyer, and Cristy Meyer in the “Closing Medley.” Narrators include Coco Breidenbach, Kathy Cain, Kimmie Hohlfeld, Carol McLain, Connie Seraphine and Kim Woodstrup.

The cantata is directed by Carla Vanatta, associate in ministry, and is presented by Salem Creative Arts Ministry as a Singing Memorial in memory of Doris Castenson and Martha Jeanne Vanatta.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at the close of each worship service and all are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Salem Lutheran, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is located at 1145 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, and is handicapped-accessible.

For more information, visit www.salemsycamore.org.

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