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Steven’s Christmas List for 2020





*****     Current Announcements     *****

Steven and Whit will be teaching a course on the Christmas portion of Handel’s MESSIAH, beginning on the First Sunday of Advent (November 29). The course will be entirely on-line. I hope many of you will “tune in.”     


Listening aids, examples, and resources will be available on THIS website; just click on “Handel’s MESSIAH — KERYGMA”  in the menu bar above this announcement.   



If you come by the choir room,  you will find several thank you  notes on the bulletin board.
This might also be a good time  to take your choir robe home and clean it up.
It is probably feeling lonely and rejected by now !



Choir and Instrumental Email — October 16,2020

.*****Revised and Updated November 16, 2020 *****

Hey there, Musicians !

Just in case you are wondering why we are not rehearsing anthems to get ready for our return to sanctuary worship services — 

For safety, we are currently limited by our Session to 4-5 masked people singing in the choir loft at any one time; and we are limited to fewer than a dozen singers stretched out across the sanctuary pews for any 30-minute rehearsal.  We tried rehearsing outside, but the acoustics and the mosquitoes were overwhelming.   In short, we have no place to sing right now — wish we did, but we don’t. 

Still, there is a lot going on behind the scenes as we return to Sanctuary Worship every Sunday at 11:00. We are presenting mostly instrumental anthems with a few  vocal solos and small groups like Trivocal .  As you have noticed, we present videos of the Chancel Choir as often as possible within the more-intimate format of our video worship. 

The Choral Scholars will continue to play their instruments and to sing (with masks) on the hymns and an occasional anthem.  Their classes have now ended for the semester, but they are hanging around Hickory long enough to record some Christmas music this weekend for use next month.   

Our 2020 Cantata / Lessons and Carols will be completely pre-recorded . This way, we can get more musicians into the presentation by having them record in small groups at different times.   The Christmas Eve Service will also be completely pre-recorded.  

If you are watching worship from home, I hope you are singing loud and clear. Those in the sanctuary congregation are asked NOT to sing at this time.  

Just when I thought it might be time to ask for relaxing the restrictions, I read the newspaper article about the three (3) churches in Hickory-Lenoir area now with Covid outbreaks in their congregations.  We are doing our best to keep that from happening.  

Thank you for your patience. Wish it were different, but, well, you know … 

May Christ’s peace continue with you and keep you safe.  Hope to see you soon. 

Stay safe. Stay well. Pray fervently.







.Here are the weekly musical moments of the FPC Sanctuary Music Program:

Click on a particular one to listen.


 .      1  “Sounds of Spring”


.       2  “Sounds of the Forrest”   


 .     3 “Sounds of Voices Alone” 


.     4 “Sounds of Strings”


.      5 “Sounds of Protest”


.      6 “Sounds of a Forrest Christmas”


.      7 “Sounds of The Quarantine Blues “


.      8 “Sounds of “



.      9 “Sounds of “



.      10 “Sounds of “


.              I miss you ! 

Hey !  Listen to this G R E A T Choir —

Our Pastors asked for some of our Sanctuary Worship recordings to add to the video worship they are developing for the next month or so.   I don’t know which ones they will choose to use, but I thought you might enjoy hearing them.  There is a good variety. Just click on the play button to listen

My Soul Is a Witness — Althouse 

How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place — Brahms

This Is My Father’s World —  Luke Benton, violin

Hallelujah Chorus from MESSIAH — Handel

Rock of Ages — Hoefler

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today — Congregational Hymn

In Joseph’s Lovely Garden — Mowery

A New Commandment — Robertson

The King of Love My Shepherd Is — John Rutter

Sing to the Lord a New Song — Choral Scholars




Some videos of places we miss — 






Our music librarians have been working overtime !  Look at this !





Dear Favorite Choir,                                                             December 20, 2019 

There was a quiet in the sanctuary at the end of the Dan Forest “Silent Night.”  I could feel that the congregation had stopped thinking about a hundred earthly troubles, and, for just a few moments, had joined with our songs in offering praise and thanksgiving to God for the great gift of His Son.   Sometimes I do wonder if we “get it across” to the congregation; but last Sunday, I was confident they were “with us.”

And the best part (which I knew and you knew but the congregation did NOT know) was that we had three more top-notch anthems coming up which would raise the celebration and prayer levels even farther:  The Lloyd Prautsch “Dance of Adoration # 7, the Mary McDonald “He Is Born,” and then the great congregational hymn, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” with all of its brass and strings and percussion and organ and singers and especially those singing the descant on the final stanza.  At that moment I knew that you and I were in the right place at the right time doing the right task which the Good Lord had assigned to us — and doing it so beautifully !

I know I talk a lot and sometimes you just roll your eyes and ignore it, but listen carefully to this:


       And I am very proud to be your Director of Music and Choirmaster !   Thank you !




Christmas Cantata Rehearsal December 15, 2019. The last “Full Chancel” before the Covid-19 changed our ways of doing things. One day, we shall ………


Crossnore Presbyterian Church, June 24, 2018



 .                For a full set of our anthem recordings, go to soundcloud.com and search for my personal account. (I am the stevenmowery with the light green safari hat.) The recordings are open to the public, so you may and can invite your friends and family to enjoy them also. 


Please note:  All of this process is quite legal; we pay an additional CCLI fee each year which is passed along to the composers and performers of the recordings we use on this website.


One of my favorite Palm Sunday pictures. Just imagine the mischief behind those smiles !