On this the 17th Day of Advent, we pause for a musical break. Take a moment to hear Wake Forest Baptist Church Chancel Choir sing O Be Joyful in the Lord, an original piece written by Woodson E. Faulkner, II based on Psalm 100. Woody writes:
The through-composed work can be described as having 4 sections; a joyful opening shout with trumpet and voice, a short imitative section leading to a quiet lush harmonization of the text “…we are Gods’ people and the sheep of God’s pasture”. The next section excitedly invites us to “…go into God’s courts with praise”, thus leading to the final section which begins with a short chant followed by an English anthem style setting of the text “…Be ye thankful unto God…” and ends with a Bach-like chorale quoting a short bit of the hymn tune St. Anne (O God, Our Help…).
The choir starts 45 seconds in:
TODAY’S ADVENT ACTION: Take a moment to do something joyful—throw on some beautiful Christmas music, hang some lovely ornaments on your tree, and rest in this season of merriment and fun.