St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 1008 Franklin Road will host Carols by Candlelight on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 5 p.m. The service of lessons and carols features guest musicians and will benefit homeless families in the Roanoke Valley.
This Service of Nine Lessons and Carols ushers in the Christmas Season with music and readings. The St. Mark’s Choir, under the direction of Steven R. Lawrence, will be joined by soprano Amy Cofield Williams, baritone Philip Bouknight, oboist Bill Parrish, harpist Morgan Short, Roanoke Chamber Brass, organist Seung Won Cho and pianist C. W. Markham.
Carols by Candlelight celebrates Christmas with readings, anthems and carols that tell the story of the prophecy, nativity and adoration of the Christ Child. Music will include settings of familiar carols such as “Ding Dong, Merrily on High,” “The Sussex Carol,” and “The Angel Gabriel,” works by Benjamin Britten, Sir David Willcocks and J.S. Bach, and the perennial favorite “Oh Holy Night!”
Guest instrumentalists and the St. Mark’s Handbell Choir will provide prelude music. The congregation will join in singing beloved carols.
St. Mark’s is proud to announce that this third annual presentation of Carols by Candlelight will benefit Family Promise of Greater Roanoke, a social service organization with the mission to “mobilize faith communities to return homeless families to independence by providing temporary housing and skills development.” This network of 28 congregations and more than 1,000 volunteers provides temporary housing and meals for families with children. They provide full-time case management to assist families in addressing and overcoming causes of homelessness and creating goals of employment, housing, education in their return to independence. The community is warmly invited to attend. An offering will be received, 100 percent of which will go to support Family Promise’s vital work. Child care provided. For information, please call 344-9051.
Submitted by Meredith Roller