Advent of Hope, The Birth of Peace
By Robert Lau
Christmas is that wonderful time of the year when we sing, "come, thou long-expected Jesus" even though we know he has already come, and 'joy to the world' even though we know the world is not yet completely joyful. These are the opening words of this thoughtful and expressive cantata - a beautiful combination of the meditative, as well as the joyful, feelings that remembering the events of Christmas brings. The congregation is asked to join in the singing of familiar carols, and the choir is given the opportunity to sing beautifully crafted, but never difficult, new music for the season. Performance time: 25-30 minutes.