Three Wentworth Christmas events

Wentworth News with Hope Bridgewater

Published on January 11, 2017

Betty Curry, piano; Andrew Crossan, guitar; and Willett Stevenson, violin; accompany the carol sing at the Wentworth United Church sanctuary.

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WENTWORTH, N.S. - The Wentworth United Church Women held a Christmas party potluck supper on Dec. 13, 2016.

President Marie Duranceau and members invited other members and friends to be at the basement United Church hall at 5:30 p.m. for a friendship time, with supper beginning at 6 p.m. As is often the case with a potluck meal, the food had the benefits and variety of many cooks and was successful both in taste and encouraging a friendly, social atmosphere.

Gospelettes: Lee Gilmour, Elaine Nelson, Maggie Manning, Faye Bronson, and Sharon Liteway, all members of the Milford Lantz United Church. One singer, Brenda Ambrose, was missing, as she was in Florida. The Gospelettes are all dressed in white shirts and black pants with black scarves sprinkled with snowflakes.

 “We formed in 2004,” said Elaine Nelson. “We sing, when invited, at churches, coffee houses, raffles, etc., whenever they like to hear old gospel songs. You can contact me at 902-259-2147 if you have any questions.”

The Gopelettes were beautiful singers with their voices blending well together in the Christmas hymns and songs they chose to present. Towards the end of their program, they handed out sheets of Christmas songs and hymns for their audience to choose from and invited everyone to sing the choices with them.

After they closed their presentation, several from the audience asked for an encore of them singing the “Hallelujah” Christmas hymn, which had charmed everyone there. Originally a song by Leonard Cohen, it is interesting to note that there are over 300 known lyric versions of “Hallelujah.” The Gospelettes sang a version of Christian “Hallelujah” lyrics about the Nativity to the music composed by Leonard Cohen.

The Christmas Eve service led by Rev. Jean Ward was effective and inspiring. The scripture passages of the Nativity were read, and the hymns sung by all were “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Away in a Manger,” “Infant Holy Infant Lowly,” “The First Noel,”  “Silent Night,”  “Still Still Still,” and “Lullaby to Baby Jesus.”

Two duets, “Dream a Dream” and “O Holy Night,” sung by Rev. Jean Ward and Shannon Letcher, were outstanding.

Communion and candles of memory, thanksgiving, and hope enhanced this service.

The third Christmas service in the sanctuary of the Wentworth United Church stated in the publicity, “Carol Sing. Everyone Welcome.” Upon entering the well decorated church with three beautiful Nativity wall hangings, two on the wall of the choir loft and one at the entrance, members and friends could see just in front of the choir loft Betty Curry at a piano, to her left Andrew Crossan with a guitar, and to her right Willett Stevenson with a violin. Rev, Jean Ward introduced the service and sheets of Christmas songs and hymns were handed out to everyone.

The singing began of many Christmas songs and hymns by all present, solos were sung by Andrew Crossan, Shannon Letcher, and a duet by Faye Henderson and Shannon Letcher. It was a happy and friendly event celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. The singing did not stop even after a lunch was served at the entrance: people lined up for the food and then went back to sing.

Especially inspiring was the accompanying music for the singing: violin, piano and guitar projected a beautiful sound echoing through the sanctuary.

After two hours had passed with this splendid singing and music session, Rev. Jean Ward closed the Christmas service with a prayer and blessing.