“Carols Sing to the King, Jesus Christ Our Savior.” Asking me to pick my favorite Christmas carol is like asking me to pick my favorite color or my favorite hymn.

If pressed on the matter, my answer is usually “Once in Royal David’s City.” I learned this carol as a child. While it was not sung in my home church, it was played repeatedly on the record player in our home. Later in life, I began listening to the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College in Cambridge each Christmas Eve. While there is a variety of lovely carols and anthems featured from year-to-year, the beginning of the service is always the same. A boy soprano soloist sings the first verse a cappella, with the rest of the carol building to a climactic finish. It is a Christmas tradition that I cherish.

I’m certain that you too probably have a favorite carol and, along with that, a special memory. At Smoke Rise, many will say their favorite carol is “Silent Night” because of the beautiful way our Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion service always ends.

Although time does not allow us to sing all the carols, or even perhaps your favorite, it is my hope that you will experience hope, peace, joy and love though the music and worship of this Advent and Christmas season.

Danny Vancil, Minister of Music and Worship

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