(Images from the 2015 WWU Music Department Christmas Concert)

The WWU Music Department 2016 Christmas Concert will be December 9 at 6pm and 8pm in the Sanctuary. As always, you will not be disappointed by this yearly tradition.

In addition...
Walla Walla Valley Academy's annual music department Christmas program will be on Sabbath, December 10 at 7pm in the WWVA Auditorium.

Rogers Adventist School will host two Christmas programs this year. The K-6 program will be Thursday, December 8, at 6:30pm in the WWVA Auditorium. The grades 5-8 program will be on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30pm also in the WWVA Auditorium.



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Please join me in thanking our musicians — the many students of the Walla Walla University Choirs and the WWU Orchestra under the direction of Brandon Beck. We also thank our readers representing Rogers Adventist School, Walla Walla Valley Academy, Walla Walla University (presidents of OPS, AGA, and ASWWU), our congregation, and pastoral staff.

Two anthems will be sung today to the same Latin text; the English translation follows:

Ubi caritas
Where charity and love are, God is there.
The love of Christ has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
Where charity and love are, God is there.

Our Christmastide service of Lessons and Carols focuses on the entire sweep of salvation history. Beginning with the fall of humankind and some prophecies of the Messiah, the readings next depict His kingdom and reign to come, and finally describe the events of His earthly birth. Embedded into this narrative we hear music both familiar and new and sing beloved carols highlighting the great story of Christ’s appearing in our lives — once in a lowly manger, ultimately in the clouds of glory. Could there exist a better reason to sing?

The postlude narrates the events of Luke 2 without the aid of words. The piece begins with a fast alternation of different scenes — crashing chords announce the descent of God from heaven to earth; quiet music depicts the human family gathered in a manger — recreating the bewilderment of the shepherds on hearing the heavenly news. A longer middle section, based on the manger tune, includes an evocation of twinkling stars and leads to the final section: a full-blown French toccata celebrating the news, God Among Us!

-Kraig Scott

-Kraig Scott




Ask Anything will resume December 10



Program order for the Second Service

Prelude  Allegro deciso
                 (March of the Kings)
                 -Georges Bizet
                 WWU Orchestra

Call to Worship    Kris Loewen

Carol    #333 On Jordan’s Banks
                 the Baptists Cry
                Lyrics as Follows:

1 – On Jordan’s banks the Baptist’s cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Awake and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings of the King of kings!

2 – Then cleansed be every life from sin;
Make straight the way for God within,
And let us all our hearts prepare
For Christ to come and enter there.

3 – We hail You as our Savior, Lord,
Our refuge and our great reward;
Without Your grace we waste away
Like flow’rs that wither and decay.

4 – Stretch forth Your hand, our health restore,
And make us rise to fall no more;
Oh, let Your face upon us shine
And fill the world with love divine.   

Morning Prayer    Gina Pollard

FIRST LESSON    Genesis 3:8–15
                                  McKenzie Catlett, Rogers School

God announces in the Garden of Eden
that the seed of woman shall bruise the serpent’s head.

Carol    #115 O Come, O Come,

1 – O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

[Refrain] – Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

2 – O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
And order all things far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And cause us in her ways to go.


3 – O come, Desire of nations, bind
all peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife, and quarrels cease;
Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.


SECOND LESSON    Isaiah 9:2, 6–7
                                       Rika Hinshaw, WWVA

Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold by Isaiah.

Anthem    Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
                   -John Gardner
                   I Cantori, piano
                   Lyrics as follows:

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day:
      I would my true love did so chance
To see the legend of my play,
     to call my true love to my dance:
Sing O my love,
O my love, my love, my love;
     this have I done for my true love.
Then was I born of a virgin pure,
     of her I took fleshly substance;
Thus was I knit to man’s nature,
     to call my true love to my dance:
Sing O my love…
In a manger laid and wrapped I was,
     so very poor, this was my chance,
Betwixt an ox and a silly poor ass,
     to call my true love to my dance:
Sing O my love…
Then afterwards baptized I was;
     the Holy Ghost on me did glance,
My Father’s voice heard from above,
     to call my true love to my dance:
Sing O my love…


THIRD LESSON    Isaiah 11:1–3a, 4a, 6–9
                                   Marc Caballero, OPS President

The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.

Carol    #131, Lo, How a Rose
                 E’er Blooming

1 – Lo, how a rose e’re blooming
From tender stem hath sprung,
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
As men of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright,
Amid the cold of winter
When half spent was the night.

2 – Isaiah ’twas foretold it,
The Rose I have in mind,
With Mary we beheld it,
The virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright
She bore to them a Savior,
When half spent was the night.   

Anthem    Patapan; Fum, fum, fum!
                   -Kirke Mechem
                   University Singers, piano
                    Some of the lyrics are as follows:

God and man are now become
more at one than fife and drum.
When you hear the fife and drum,
    turulurelu, patapatapan.
When you hear the fife and drum,
dance and make the village hum!

On December 25th, sing fum, fum, fum!
He is born of God’s pure love,
the Son of God, the Son of God;
He is born of Virgin Mary in this night so cold and dreary. Fum, fum, fum!
All the brilliant stars in heaven,
fum, fum, fum!
All the little stars in heaven, fum, fum, fum!
Looking down see Jesus crying,
see Him crying, see Him cry;
Send away the darkness lightly,
shine Your light upon us brightly.
Fum, fum, fum!




FOURTH LESSON    Luke 1:26–35, 38
                                       Cassidi Sandefur, AGA President

    The angel Gabriel salutes Mary 

Carol    #141, What Child is This?

1 - What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary`s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

[Refrain] – This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

2 - Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.

3 - So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king, to own Him,
the King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

Anthem    Joseph dearest, Joseph mine
                  -Kirke Mechem
                  University Singers, piano
                  Lyrics are as follows:

Joseph dearest, Joseph mine,
help me cradle the Child divine;
God reward thee and all that’s thine,
in Paradise,
so prays the Mother Mary.

    He came among us on Christmas day,
in Bethlehem;
    Christus natus hodie in Bethlehem;
lo, He comes to love and save and free us!

Mary dearest, Mary mild,
I shall gladly help rock thy Child;
God will surely reward us then
in Paradise,
so prays the Mother Mary.

Now is born Emmanuel,
prophesied by Ezekiel,
promised Mary by Gabriel,
rejoice and sing Alleluia, Maria.


FIFTH LESSON    Luke 2:1, 3–7
                                 Zack Brenes, ASWWU President

    Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.

Anthem    O Little Town of Bethlehem
                    -Arthur Harris
                   WWU Orchestra


SIXTH LESSON    Luke 2:8–16
                                  Helen Zolber

    The shepherds go to the manger.

Anthem    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
                   -Dan Forrest
                   University Singers, brass, piano


SEVENTH LESSON    John 1:1-14
                                         Alex Bryan

John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation.

Anthem    Ubi caritas
                  -Maurice Duruflé
                   I Cantori
                   Lyrics as follows:

Where charity and love are, God is there.
The love of Christ has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
Where charity and love are, God is there.

Homily    Alex Bryan

Offering    University Church Budget
Offertory    Ubi caritas
                     -Paul Mealor
                      I Cantori
                      Lyrics just above (identical to Durufle' piece)

Carol    Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

[Women] – Come, Thou long expected Jesus,    
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us;
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art,
Dear desire of ev’ry nation,
Joy of ev’ry longing heart.

[All] – Come, O Christ, and reign among us
King of love and Prince of Peace;Hush the storm of strife and passion,
Bid its cru-el discords cease.
By Your patient years of toiling,
By Your silent hours of pain,
Quench our fevered thirst of pleasure,
Stem our selfish greed of gain.

[Men] – Son of God, eternal Savior,
Source of life and truth and grace,
Word made flesh, whose birth among us
Hallows all our human race;
By Your praying, by Your willing
That Your people should be one,
Grant, oh, grant our hope’s fruition:
Here on earth Your will be done.

[All] – Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child, and yet a king;
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Benediction    Alex Bryan

Ask. Anything.    Emily Ellis, Freshman, Theology

Postlude    God Among Us
                    -Olivier Messiaen
                    Kraig Scott, organ

WWU Symphony Orchestra director: Brandon Beck
University Singers, I Cantori director: Kraig Scott
Organist: Kraig Scott
Pianists: Jinhyang Park and Siena Mirasol




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Ask Anything sermon series will continue on December 17 and 24. Please submit your questions to church@wallawalla.edu. A committee of University Church members will choose these nal topics for Pastor Alex. Thank you to all for your part in shaping this sermon series through the fall season! 

Student missionary Christmas packages are in the lobby today. Please choose one to take and mail at the post of ce. Thank you for your help in this yearly tradition of supporting our students! 

An all-church potluck will be Sabbath, December 10, after Second Service in the Fellowship Hall. Students and visitors are welcome! 

A new podcast with Pastors Alex, Jenn, and Kris is now available, entitled "Walla Walla". Check it out! Two episodes have already been published with more to come on a biweekly basis. Access more details at wallawallapodcast.com or search for "Walla Walla Podcast" on iTunes.

Membership Transfers
(AWAY) — Darrell and Fay McPherson to Auburn, WA
Sara Saunders to Middle East University, Lebanon
Larry and Eleanor Veverka to El Cajon, CA

Bonnie Meske’s memorial service will be Sunday, December 4 at 10 am at the University Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either the University Church Benevolent fund or the Christian Aid Center.

Mark Tessier’s memorial service will be today, Sabbath, December 3 at 3pm in Heubach Chapel. 

The One project is coming February 24-27 to San Diego, Cal. This year, three events make up the weekend experience that is the One Project. Join Pastor Alex, Paddy, and the rest of the crew for one day, three, or all four. Find more information at the1project.org.

Student missionary Christmas packages are in the lobby today. Please choose one to take and mail at the post office. Thank you for your help in this yearly tradition!

All Church Potluck - including students and visitors, Sabbath Dec 10 after Second Serve in the Church Fellowship Hall.

The Longest Night, a midwinter service of renewal and hope will take place on Friday, December 16 at 7 pm. Join us for a meditative service of music, reflection, and healing prayer.

Symposium on Spiritual Care at WWGH - Save the date for the 7th annual Spiritual Care Symposium at Walla Walla General Hospital. Philip Watkins, PhD, will speak on “Gratitude: An Essential Foundation for Spiritual Well-being” Friday, January 27, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the WWGH auditorium.

Volunteers Needed to ring the bell for Salvation Army.  If you are interested, please contact maria.pineda.ibarra@usw.salvationarmy.org or 529-9470.

The Rogers Adventist School K-6 Christmas Production this year is entitled "The Night Shift before Christmas".  This will take place on Thursday night, December 8, at 6:30 p.m.  It involves students from K-6 this year, which is different from the past.  By popular demand, our treble choir singers decided they would rather be a part of this event, and thus we will let the Grades 5 - 8 Christmas program on December 13 be for our instrumental performing organizations -- the two bands, our two orchestras, our three handbell ensembles, and our steel drums. We are looking forward to a fun December!

Join Walla Walla Valley Academy music department for their annual Christmas program, "Joy to the World". Begins at 7pm on Sabbath, December 10 in the WWVA auditorium.

Vespers Feast of Lessons and Carols, COME, EMMANUEL, COME! presented by the Village Church Choir, Orchestra, and Grace Notes Handbells featuring music and scriptures reflecting on the incredible gift of salvation given the world by the birth of Christ.  Sabbath, December 10, 3:30 pm, Village Church sanctuary.  Please bring an item of personal hygiene to donate to the Christian Aid Center.

Retired Denominational Workers’ Potluck, Sunday, December 4, 5:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Village Church.  A fee of $1.50 gets you a ticket for the bus to Cordiner Hall for the “Feast of Carols”.  The admission fee for the program is a can of food or a cash donation

Milton-Stateline Adventist School invites you to attend our annual Christmas Concert on Dec.8th at 7:00 pm.  We are collecting non-perishable food for some needy families. If you would like to help, you may bring it with you to the concert. Thank you for helping us make a family’s holiday a little brighter.

Camp MiVoden Registration for 2017 is now open! In addition to our regular kids camps we have a lot of exciting Ultimate Camps, and we have added another Family Camp as well. Along with the great camps that you already know are some new adventures that will be coming our way this summer. Come enjoy an amazing summer with God and others who live for him! Register now or get more information at MiVoden.com, or contact Denise Kinney: (509) 242-0506, DeniseK@uccsda.org.

SonBridge Community Center in College Place seeks an Office Manager/Executive Assistant.  This is a part-time and paid position.  For more information see www.SonBridge.org/about.  Send your resume and cover letter to search@sonbridge.org.

The Alaska and Washington chapter of Make-A-Wish® needs your help! They are seeking qualified Wish Granting Volunteers in Walla Walla. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  Wish Granting Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, and work in teams of two to help plan and fulfill each wish. Volunteers interview each child to determine their wish, then work with the staff to make the wish come true!  The time commitment is flexible and variable depending upon what the child wishes for.  Volunteers can expect to meet with the family one time at their home to identify the wish and get the paperwork filled out, conduct follow-up phone calls about logistics, and plan a wish presentation about a week in advance of the wish. All of these things can be scheduled based on the family’s and volunteers’ availability.
Please visit http://www.akwa.wish.org for more information about Make-A-Wish, and check out Caitlin’s wish to go to New York City! http://akwa.wish.org/wishes/wish-stories/wish-to-go/caitlin-nyc-wicked. Please email Volunteer Coordinator Chris Sullivan or Wish Coordinator Lauren Davies to begin the process of becoming a Wish Granting volunteer.  chris@akwa.wish.org   laurend@akwa.wish.org



Sabbath, December 3
    4:07pm — Sunset
    3pm — Mark Tessier Memorial Service, Heubach
    4pm— Evensong, Sanctuary
    6:00pm — Adventist Singles vespers, SonBridge

Sunday, December 4
    10am — Bonnie Meske Memorial Service, Sanctuary
    5pm — Retired Denominational Workers Potluck,             Village Church Fellowship Hall

Daily, December 5-December 9
    7:30am — Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel

Tuesday, December 6
    11am — WWU CommUnity, Sanctuary
    7pm — High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room

Wednesday, December 7
    6:30pm — Pathfinders Club, Fellowship Hall
    7:30pm - Big Band and Steel Band Holiday Concert

Thursday, December 8
    6:30pm — Rogers School K-6 Christmas program, WWVA Auditorium

Friday, December 9
    4:08pm — Sunset
    6pm — WWU Christmas Concert, Sanctuary
    8pm — WWU Christmas Concert, Sanctuary

Sabbath, December 10
    7pm — Joy to the World, WWVA Music Department Christmas Program, WWVA Auditorium

Tuesday, December 13
    6:30pm — Rogers School grades 5-8 Christmas Program, WWVA Auditorium

Friday, December 16
     7pm - The Longest Night, a midwinter service of hope, Sanctuary