Night of Wonder, Night of Joy New!
Night of Wonder, Night of Joy is a worship service that celebrates the wondrous miracles surrounding the birth of our Savior. The story begins with Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem, finding shelter behind the inn as they prepare for Jesus' birth. The scene then shifts to generations earlier, when the Israelites were enslaved and expectantly looked forward to the coming of a King to free them, the fulfillment of ancient prophecy. The first Christmas scene returns as the service concludes with a celebration of the wonder and joy of God's special gift to us: a Savior, Jesus Christ.
The presentation may be as simple or as complex as you wish. The narration may be presented simply, by readers, or dramatically, with characters in costume pantomiming the events as the story unfolds. (Optional cues for lighting and staging suggestions are included.) Narration is written for two to four persons, male or female, though more can be used. The narration provides historical context and background information, explains the actions of the characters, and sets the mood for the songs. There is one short (optional) male solo and one (complete song) female solo with choral backups. Available for SATB or SAB voices with Part-dominant rehearsal CDs (reproducible) available for both voicings. The beautiful orchestration by Stan Pethel is available for live musicians (2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 french horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, harp, piano, percussion, violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, and bass) or on a recorded Accompaniment CD.
Inspired by the miraculous events of that first Christmas, Niel Lorenz and Ruth Elaine Schram have combined their great talents to create a dramatic musical experience that is certain to fill the hearts of all believers with a sense of wonder and joy in God's goodness.
|Overture / Processional|
|Night Of Wonder, Night Of Joy|
|Song Of Bethlehem|
|Show Me The Way|
|I Rejoice In Him|
|Hear The Angels Sing|
|Silent The Night|
|Magnify The Lord|
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