For Unto Us Is Born This Day...

By: Rev. David Williamson & Rev. Perry Montgomery
Passage: Luke 2:8-20
Series - Calm and Bright: For Unto Us Is Born This Day…
Duration: 35 mins 4o sec

'And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. ' Luke 2:8-20

Christmas Eve: With The Angels, Let Us Sing

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Luke 2:1-20
Series - Calm and Bright: With The Angels, Let Us Sing
Duration: 15 mins 47 sec

'In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. And everyone went to their own town to register. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, ' Luke 2:1-20

Canticle Of Joy

Canticle Of Joy

ZUMC Chancel Choir & Orchestra

  • Director: Laura Brueckmann

  • Lighting Design: Michael Voigt

  • Sound Design: Andy Symons

  • Video: Aaron Earlandson

  • Narration: Mark & Mary Hiton

From the lighting of the first candle to the final celebratory chords, Canticle Of Joy gives your choir and congregation the chance to lift their praise to the newborn King! There are moments of tender intimacy (Away In A Manger) and glorious songs of praise and worship (Awake! Sing Gloria!). Some of the carols incorporated into the work include The Wexford Carol; Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus; Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day; Gentle Mary Laid Her Child; O Come, All Ye Faithful and others. These, coupled with unforgettable original anthems, will transport the listener from the hush of the manger to the joyous shouts of the angels. This is a glorious cantata!

Son Of God, Love's Pure Light

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passages: Luke 1:26-38 and Matthew 1:18-23
Series - Calm and Bright: Son Of God, Love’s Pure Light
Duration: 33 mins 07 sec

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. For no word from God will ever fail.”

Matthew 1:18-23

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about : His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

The Longest Night

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: 1 John 4: 7-12
Series - Calm and Bright: The Longest Night
Duration: 14 mins 41 sec

'Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. ' 1 John 4:7-12

Shepherds Quake At The Sight

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Isaiah 9:2,6-7
Series - Calm and Bright: Shepherds Quake At The Sight
Duration: 34 mins 49 sec

'The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. ' Isaiah 9:2,6-7

Sleep In Heavenly Peace

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Isaiah 2:1-4
Series - Calm and Bright: Sleep In Heavenly Peace
Duration: 28 mins 49 sec

'This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: In the last days the mountain of the Lord ’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord , to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. ' Isaiah 2:1-4

Carol and The Belles

Carol and The Belles
Director: Mary Hilton and Christina Gibson
Asst. Director: Annabelle Fiore
Set Design: Dante Fiore
Sound Design: Andy Symons
Video Production: Aaron Earlandson
Duration: 37 mins 43 sec

A Fab 50s Kids’ Christmas Musical

Created by Steve Moore, Rob Howard and David Guthrie

It’s 1954, and at Big Bill’s Drive-In restaurant, where the wait staff sings your order, and the Christmas decorations stay up all year long, excitement has never been higher.  They’ve just won the network’s “Christmas at the Drive-In” contest, and will host the live telecast of the Rock & Roll Christmas TV Special! While the staff gets the Drive-In spruced-up for the show, the customers don their best leather jackets and poodle skirts, and the TV audience is adjusting the rabbit ears and popping the Jiffy Pop, everyone is about to get a big surprise. How is it that a simple pageant proclaiming the birth of Jesus the Savior replaces the Rock & Roll Special, and who are those singing waitresses who “steal the show” in place of Rock & Roll’s biggest stars? It all comes to pass with 50s fun, Christmas charm, cool tunes, and Joy to the World in the newest kids’ musical from Little Big Stuff, Carol and the Belles.