Advent and Christmas bring beautiful music. .

As we welcome the Advent and Christmas seasons, I invite you to choose a favorite hymn and pass it on to me. One of my goals for the next few months is to encourage us as a church to get more involved in hymn singing.

Hymnody is an important part of the worship service, and I would love to see everyone singing some old favorites and learning some new favorites. The “1982 Hymnal” has many hymns we don’t generally use. Let’s each try to find a new one to teach the congregation. We also use “Wonder, Love and Praise” and the Diocese of Long Island Cursillo Songbook.” If I can help you, please let me know. One of my favorite “new” hymns, at least for St. Margaret’s, is “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry.”

Please remember that the memorial services on Dec. 16 are a good time to add some favorite hymns to the service.

We will sing hymns from the Advent section of the hymnal until Christmas, and then move on to the Christmas section. Please let me know of any hymns you really want to sing during the Christmas season, hymns without which it just wouldn’t be Christmas!

~ Susan Isherwood

“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”

~ Martin Luther