published Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Christmas Eve lessons and carols service - Dec. 24

Second Presbyterian Choir performs with UTC alumni

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    The Second Presbyterian Chancel Choir will be a part of the "Nine Lessons and Carols" program on Christmas Eve.


■ What: Nine Lessons and Carols.

■ When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24.

■ Where: Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St.

■ Admission: Free.

■ Phone: 423-266- 2828.

The birth of Jesus will be told through nine lessons of Scripture and carols on Christmas Eve during a 5:30 p.m. service at Second Presbyterian Church.

The service will combine Bible readings, choral anthems and congregational singing, according to Dr. Kevin Ford, director of choirs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and at the church.

Members of the church congregation will serve as lay readers for the nine lessons. They are David Peirano, Bob Janney, Karen Maynard, Norma Witherspoon, David Franklin, Gary Snodgrass, Steve Riggs, Jack Raulston and Natasha Roberson. Matt and Leanne Carbone and their family will join Dr. Perry McCallen for the spoken part of the service.

Interspersed with the readings will be music sung by the Second Presbyterian Chancel Choir joined by former members of the UTC Chamber Singers and Music Department faculty members Dr. Robert Dean and Robert Hansel.

Accompanied by organist Mickey Kingdon, the choir will perform “Ave Maria” from “The All Night Vigil” by Sergei Rachmaninoff; “Coventry Carol,” arranged by Dale Warland; “I Wonder as I Wander” by John Jacob Niles, featuring soprano soloist Kristen Wiram; and “Tell the World the Christ Was Born,” composed by Second Presbyterian Church member Elizabeth Houston.

The service will conclude with a candlelit singing of “Silent Night” by the congregation,

Ford says children are welcome to attend the service, but child care will be provided.

Contact Susan Pierce at or 423-757-6284.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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