The Emo Centennial Christmas Chorale, under the direction of Renee Martin and organist Cheryl Low, was held Monday evenign before a full house at the Christian Reformed Church.
Weeks of practising made the selections presented by the 40-voice choir a pleasure to hear, keeping the audience’s yuletide spirit afloat throughout the hour.
Pastor Gerald VanSmeerdyk welcomed everyone and led in the opening prayer. “We have come together to rejoice in the birth of Christ at this Christmas season,” he remarked.
Scripture readings was given by members of the Emo Ministerial Association--Andrew Hall (Calvary Baptist), Pastor Dan Pearson (Off Lake Covenant), Frances Flook (Knox United), Brenda Meyers (St. George’s Anglican), Brigitte Schulzki (St. Patrick’s Catholic), and Miriam Bowlby (United Church intern)--as well as some members of the host congregation, .
The choir, hailing from all walks of life, opened the program with “Jubilate! Angels Sing,” then continued with “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Lullaby Jesu,” and “Away in the Manger.”
Then the male vocal section gracefully took over in singing “O Holy Night,” with the ladies forming the background shadow of voices blending together with a smooth transition.
Bringing the community together in one voice and one heart, the choir, together with the audience, then sang “Joy to the World.”
The closing selection was entitled, “Rejoice and Sing Noel.”
Afterwards, Pastor VanSmeerdyk said the closing prayer and benediction.
The offering collected about $870, with proceeds designated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
After the program, refreshments were served in the fellowship hall followed by the remarks, “We wish everyone a joyous Advent season and a Merry Christmas,” ringing out.