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   Joyful Witness & WELS Chorales

 Joyful Witness, a WELS Chorale group in the Fond du Lac, WI area meets under the direction of Jeff Krumbein.  
If you'd like to contact us, email us at joyfulwitness@gmail.com
We plan to resume rehearsals in September 2013!

2013 Concerts
The 2013 concerts will be held in January on:
January 4th at 2:30 at St. Paul's, North Fond du Lac and
January 5th at Morning Star, Jackson

2012 Concerts
12/09, Sunday, St Marcus, sing for both services
12/14, Friday, St Paul's NFdL, 7:00 p.m.

2012 Concerts
12/09, Sunday, St Marcus, sing for both services
12/14, Friday, St Paul's NFdL, 7:00 p.m.
12/15, Sat.,Immanuel, Greenville, 3:00 p.m.

2011 Concerts
Friday, Dec 9th at  7:00pm at Goodrich Little Theater    
Saturday, Dec 10th at 2:00pm at St Paul's North Fond du Lac
Sunday, Dec 11th at 8:00 & 10:30 am at St. Marcus, Milwaukee
Wednesday, Dec 14th, Advent Worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fond du Lac 

2010 Concerts 
Saturday, Dec. 11th 2:00 pm, St. Paul's, North Fond du Lac
6:30 pm, St. Peter's, Fond du Lac

2009 Concerts

Sat. Dec. 12th - 3:00 pm - St. Paul's, North Fond du Lac
Sat. Dec. 12th - 7:00 pm - St. Peter's, Fond du Lac
Sun. Dec. 13th - 10:00 am - St. Marcus, Milwaukee


Norb Kolell - President
Sue Haefmeyer - Secretary
Kathy Thurow - Dir. Asst./Librarian
Patti Maedke-  Treasurer
Pastor Brian Krueger - Pastoral Advisor
Nine Lessons and Carols
 The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a format for a service of Christianworship celebrating the birth of Jesus which is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and hymns.
The format was based on an Order drawn up by Edward White Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury, for Christmas Eve (24 December) 1880 in Truro, Cornwall. It has since been adapted and used by other churches all over the world. In the UK, the service has become the standard format for schools' Christmas carol services.
The best-known version is broadcast annually from King's College, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve. It features carols by the famous Choir of King's College, Cambridge.
Lessons and Carols most often occur in Anglican churches, and in some Roman Catholic and Lutheranparishes and institutions. However numerous Christian churches have adopted this service, or a variation on this service, as part of their Christmas celebrations.
 As our service begins, the crucifer leads the procession down the aisle from the back of the church to the altar area. The crucifer bears the cross as a "standard" or ensign (‘flag’), symbolic of an army or host going forth in the Lord's name (see Numbers 2:1-2; Jeremiah 51:12, 27, etc.). For Christians, the standard is the cross, the symbol of Christ's victory over sin, death and the powers of evil. Its use in this sense may perhaps be traced to the Roman emperor Constantine, who testified to receiving a vision of the cross and the words In hoc signo vinces ("By this sign you will conquer").
Processions were a feature of Israelite festal worship, in which there seems to have been a procession of the Ark of the Covenant into the sanctuary (see Psalms 68 and 24). In Israel, the ark symbolized the Lord's leadership in battle, for he was said to be "enthroned above the cherubim" (Psalm 80:1, Isa. 37:16), the guardian figures o­n the cover of the ark. The processional cross symbolizes Christ's leadership as head of a victorious army, as powerfully set forth in the Revelation to John (19:13-15). The Apostle Paul also portrays the ascended Christ as the leader of a train of captives (Eph. 4:8, based o­n Psalm 68:18). The worship procession reminds us that we are not our own, but were bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20), rescued from the grip of the enemy by our victorious Leader, and now enlisted in his army as warriors against the forces of evil.

Advent Canticle
To Us A Child Is Born
Little Town 
Virga Jesse Floruit
Of the Father’s Love Begotten
Oh, How I Love Jesus/Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Gloria In Excelsis Deo 
How Great Is Our God 
Little Yeshua (with a touching appearance by baby Doerr!)
Mary Had A Baby/Wonderful Counselor 
Beautiful Savior/Christmas Song
Jesus Child
Love Came Down At Christmas
King Jesus Is His Name 
No Other Name
Other WELS Chorale groups include:

The Lutheran Chorale, serving the Milwaukee, WI area, under the direction of Mary Prange. 

The Cantabile Singers, serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area, under the direction of Jason Snodie

The Mankato Chorale, serving the Mankato, MN area, under the direction of Jim Rentz


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