PipeChat Digest #2599 - Tuesday, December 25, 2001
 
Re: Music List, All Saints, Scotch Plains, NJ
  by <MFoxy9795@aol.com>
HOLIDAY GREETINGS
  by "Administrator" <admin@pipechat.org>
Re: Eggnog
  by "Bob Elms" <elmsr@albanyis.com.au>
"Take Time"  Merry Christmas
  by <Posthorn8@aol.com>
IRC tonight
  by "Administrator" <admin@pipechat.org>
Music List, Zion Lutheran, Hamilton, Ohio
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
Eggnog and sundry
  by "Jonathan B. Hall" <jonahall@indiana.edu>
Season's Greetings
  by <Wuxuzusu@aol.com>
RE: "Take Time"  Merry Christmas
  by "Alan Freed" <parishadmin@stlukesnyc.org>
Falckner on the organ (longish) x-post
  by "Alan Freed" <parishadmin@stlukesnyc.org>
Christmas Eve at St. Matthew's (X-posted)
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
No chestnuts roasting, but it is cold here!
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Music List, All Saints, Scotch Plains, NJ From: <MFoxy9795@aol.com> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 05:29:29 EST     St Elizabeth's Church, Sudbury, MA   10:30 p.m.service   Music at 10 Lullay my liking Gustav Holst Psallite Praetorius The Shepherd's Carol Billings Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen in German other carols from the hymnal   Offertory Christmas Eve Carol Jeffrey Rickard sp? with bells   also music with trumpet, to be determined at 5:00 p.m. (remember the trumpeter the priest hired at the last minute? he has been out of town until today.)   Merry Foxworth  
(back) Subject: HOLIDAY GREETINGS From: "Administrator" <admin@pipechat.org> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 06:16:37 -0600   http://www.pipechat.org/xmas.html -- **************************************** David Scribner Owner / Co-Administrator PipeChat   http://www.pipechat.org mailto:admin@pipechat.org  
(back) Subject: Re: Eggnog From: "Bob Elms" <elmsr@albanyis.com.au> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 05:39:14 -0800   Shay! That'sh intreshtin'! (hic!) I think I'll lie ubndioshturbed overnight after that! (Hic!) Ish thish on topic? BE.   Wurlibird1@aol.com wrote: > > Another highly successful and much sought after recipe for eggnog is as > follows: > Purchase 1 quart of eggnog (any brand) from the supermarket. > Purchase 1 fifth of good whiskey from the package store. > Place eggnog and whiskey side by side in brown bag, tightly closed. > Allow both to sit undisturbed overnight. > Remove whiskey from bag; drink whiskey. > Throw bag and eggnog away.  
(back) Subject: "Take Time" Merry Christmas From: <Posthorn8@aol.com> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 09:10:36 EST   Take time to pray=E2=80=A6it helps bring God near and washes the dust of the= earth=20 from your eyes.   Take time for friends=E2=80=A6they are the source of happiness.   Take time for work=E2=80=A6it is the price of success.   Take time to think=E2=80=A6it is the source of power   Take time to read=E2=80=A6it is the foundation of knowledge.   Take time to laugh=E2=80=A6it is the singing that helps with life's loads.   Take time to love=E2=80=A6it is the one sacrament of life.   Take time to dream=E2=80=A6it hitches the soul to the stars.   Take time to play=E2=80=A6it is the secret of youth.   Take time to worship=E2=80=A6it is the highway to reverence.   Author Unknown   May the Christ of Christmas be with all of you.   Tim Schramm Rochester, NY  
(back) Subject: IRC tonight From: "Administrator" <admin@pipechat.org> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 09:34:08 -0600   After talking with a few of the regular members of the PipeChat IRC group I found out that some of them will be on-line tonight even though it is Christmas Eve. So this is just a reminder that the regularly scheduled IRC session will begin at 9:00 PM EASTERN time as usual.   I will be there for a short time myself before heading off to church so I hope to see a few of you there to wish you Happy Holidays "in person"   David -- **************************************** David Scribner Owner / Co-Administrator PipeChat   http://www.pipechat.org mailto:admin@pipechat.org  
(back) Subject: Music List, Zion Lutheran, Hamilton, Ohio From: "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 13:18:41 -0400   Christmas Eve Service December 24, 2001 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.   Prelude (7:30) Variations on =B3O Come, All Ye Faithful=B2 Marcel Dupr=E9 Prelude (10:30) Still, Still, Still Cathy Moklebus= t Bell Choir   Hymn: O Come, All Ye Faithful   Solo The People That Walked in Darkness George Frederic Hande= l Dick Ruby, bass   Hymn: Angels We Have Heard on High   Children=B9s Choir (7:30): Away in a Manger traditional Little Donkey Eric Boswell King of My Heart Gregg Sewell   Solo (10:30): O Holy Night Adolphe Adam Paula Dabbelt, soprano   Solo: It Came upon the Midnight Clear Brandon Huston, saxophone   Hymn: Once in David=B9s Royal City   Duet: Child of Our Dreams Marty Haugen Allison Engel, Megan Snyder   Hymn: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing   Hymn: The First Noel   Offertory (organ voluntary): Offertory on Two Noels Alexander Guilmant   Communion Hymn: O Little Town of Bethlehem Communion Anthem (7:30): O Come, All Ye Faithful Fred Bock Men=B9s Gospel Quartet   (10:30): Gesu Bambino Pietro Yon Adult Choir Dick Ruby, baritone soloist   Hymn: What Child Is This?   Hymn: Silent Night =20 Postlude: Joy to the World Diane Bish     Randy Runyon Music Director Zion Lutheran Church Hamilton, Ohio runyonr@muohio.edu      
(back) Subject: Eggnog and sundry From: "Jonathan B. Hall" <jonahall@indiana.edu> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 13:37:51 -0500   Hi!   I have followed the eggnog thread with great interest.   About Christmas organ music, I have nothing to say at the moment, except Merry Christmas and happy playing to all! This is my favorite season to = be an organist.   Tonight we're doing, among other things, the old Holst chestnut, = "Christmas Day," and the Sowerby "Love Came Down at Christmas" (I continue to love Sowerby from my Chicago days!)--we're also hearing Corigliano's "Christmas at the Cloisters," Yon's "Gesu Bambino," and a great jazz setting of "Rise up, Shepherd." The Hudson Valley Brass will be leading Christmas carols for a half-hour before the Mass tonight. Several of the regular Mass = parts will be replaced with Christmas carols--the Gloria will be "Angels we have heard on high," for example; and the psalm will be that good old metrical setting of Psalm 98 known as "Joy to the World."   Bill and I will celebrate our first Christmas dinner together tomorrow--last year we had separate family obligations. We are roasting a goose, and making pate' out of its liver (the heart is the base of an excellent gravy, by the way)...and I have already made the plum pudding. The pudding will be saturated with brandy, so the eggnog is kind of secondary this year. We're also having vichyssoise soup, salad, glorious 5-year-old cheddar cheese and tender young asparagus. Bill is making devilled eggs. The wine was made in Bloomington.   BUT--of course, we bought our Christmas tree in the Bronx! We found a store called Wholesale Liquidators (a better name would be "Turban Outfitters"), and got a spanking white fiber optic tree and purple = garland! WOW! The proprietor beamed as he presented us with a "Bangladesh 2002" calendar. The tree is "running" now, and verily, it shimmereth.   I feel very, very blessed to be here now, at home, with my new family, = done with school, playing a great organ in a beautiful church...it makes me = feel all the trouble was worth it.     God bless all of you at Christmas, New Year, and beyond. May you be instruments of God's peace and may the organs you play be instruments of God's peace too.   Jonathan (and Bill) New York City      
(back) Subject: Season's Greetings From: <Wuxuzusu@aol.com> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 14:35:11 EST     Jim Riggs informed the 2001 ATOS Convention goers that "A pipe organ is = the only musical instrument that tries to blow itself up every time you turn = it on."   Likewise, the human is the only animal that tries to "blow itself up" from =   all the stress it generates performing its daily activities.   This Christmas season celebrates the birth of the One who helps those = humans withstand its stress in the same way that a good organ technician helps = the pipe organ withstand its stress.   In this New Year may all of you allow Him to contain your stress in the = same way your fine organ playing brings under control our stresses.   Happy Holidays to all!   Stan Krider  
(back) Subject: RE: "Take Time" Merry Christmas From: "Alan Freed" <parishadmin@stlukesnyc.org> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 16:06:05 -0500   Tim, you don't post often enough. Thanks for this one. Alan   -----Original Message----- From: Posthorn8@aol.com [mailto:Posthorn8@aol.com]=20 Subject: "Take Time" Merry Christmas   Take time to pray...it helps bring God near and washes the dust of the earth=20 from your eyes.    
(back) Subject: Falckner on the organ (longish) x-post From: "Alan Freed" <parishadmin@stlukesnyc.org> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 16:42:51 -0500   This is a multi-part message in MIME format.   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C18CC3.F0318C98 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   Justus Falckner (1672-1723) was the first Lutheran pastor to be ordained in the New World (Old Swede's Church, Philadelphia, November 24, 1703). In 1701 (when Bach and Handel weren't much more than pubertal) he'd written a report to the German church authorities about the state of Christianity in New Sweden (S.W. Penna, and Delaware). He wrote:   =3D20   I will here take occasion to mention that many other besides myself, who know the way of this land, maintain that music would contribute much toward a good Christian service. It would not only attract and civilize the wild Indian, but it would do much good in speaking the Gospel truths among the sects and others by attracting them. Instrumental music is especially serviceable here. Thus, a well-sounding organ could perhaps prove of great profit, to say nothing of the fact that the Indians would come running from far and near to listen to such unknown melody, and upon that account might become willing to accept our language and teaching, and remain with people who had such agreeable things; for they are said to come ever so far to listen to one who plays even upon a reed-pipe (rohr-pfeiffe), such an extraordinary love have they for any melodious and ringing sound. . . .   =3D20   If such an organ-instrument (Orgel-werk) were placed in the Swedish church (for the Germans as yet have no church, and the Swedish church is of a high build and resonant structure) it would prove of great service to the church. . . . The majority of the Swedes are young people, and mostly live scattered in the forest, far from the churches. . . . When they have performed heavy labor for the whole week, as is customary here, they would sooner rest on a Sunday, and seek some pleasure, rather than perhaps go several miles to listen to a sermon. But if there were such music there, they would consider churchgoing as a recreation for their senses.   =3D20   Thus does Luther of blessed memory in one place highly recommend the use of the organ and sacred music for this very reason, that it is serviceable, and induces young and simple and, says he, foolish folks, to listen unto the receive God's Word. It would also prove an agreeable thing for God, angels, and men; if in this solitude and wilderness, which as it were struggles under so many Secula, the Lord of Hosts, with whom there is fullness of joy and at whose right hand there are pleasures for evermore, would be praised and honored with cymbal and organ, as he hath commanded. And it may be assumed that even a small organ-instrument and music in this place would be acceptable to God, and prove far more useful than many hundreds in Europe, where there is already a superfluity of such things; and the more common they are, the more they are misused. . . .   =3D20   Then if an experienced organist and musician could be found, and a curious one who would undertake so far a journey, he would be very welcome here. In case this could not be, if we only had an organ, some one or other might be found here who had knowledge thereof. . . .   =3D20   In conclusion, I now commend Your Magnificence to the protection and grace of God to all prosperity, and remain,   For Prayer and service, most devoted,   Justus Falckner   =3D20   (Over two years later, at his ordination, some sort of organ must have been found, for the service featured Swedish Eucharistic vestments, an organ, an orchestra, and a men's choir singing Latin.)   =3D20   The best of Christmases to all my friends in cyberlandia.   =3D20   Alan   =3D20   =3D20   =3D20   =3D20   =3D20   =3D20     ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C18CC3.F0318C98 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <html>   <head> <META HTTP-EQUIV=3D3D"Content-Type" CONTENT=3D3D"text/html; =3D charset=3D3Dus-ascii">     <meta name=3D3DGenerator content=3D3D"Microsoft Word 10 (filtered)">   <style> <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue; text-decoration:underline;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline;} span.EmailStyle17 {font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:windowtext; font-weight:normal; font-style:normal; text-decoration:none none;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style>   </head>   <body lang=3D3DEN-US link=3D3Dblue vlink=3D3Dpurple>   <div class=3D3DSection1>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>Justus Falckner (1672-1723) was the first Lutheran pastor to be ordained in the New World (Old Swede&#8217;s Church, Philadelphia, =3D November 24, 1703).&nbsp; In 1701 (when Bach and Handel weren&#8217;t much more than pubertal) he&#8217;d written a report to the German church authorities =3D about the state of Christianity in New Sweden (S.W. Penna, and Delaware). =3D &nbsp;He wrote:</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>I will here take occasion to mention that many other besides =3D myself, who know the way of this land, maintain that music would contribute much = =3D toward a good Christian service. &nbsp;It would not only attract and civilize =3D the wild Indian, but it would do much good in speaking the Gospel truths among =3D the sects and others by attracting them.&nbsp; Instrumental music is especially serviceable here.&nbsp; Thus, a well-sounding organ could perhaps prove = =3D of great profit, to say nothing of the fact that the Indians would come =3D running from far and near to listen to such unknown melody, and upon that =3D account might become willing to accept our language and teaching, and remain with =3D people who had such agreeable things; for they are said to come ever so far to =3D listen to one who plays even upon a reed-pipe (rohr-pfeiffe), such an =3D extraordinary love have they for any melodious and ringing sound. . . .</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>If such an organ-instrument (Orgel-werk) were placed in the =3D Swedish church (for the Germans as yet have no church, and the Swedish church is = =3D of a high build and resonant structure) it would prove of great service to =3D the church. . . .&nbsp; The majority of the Swedes are young people, and =3D mostly live scattered in the forest, far from the churches. . . .&nbsp; When they =3D have performed heavy labor for the whole week, as is customary here, they =3D would sooner rest on a Sunday, and seek some pleasure, rather than perhaps go = =3D several miles to listen to a sermon. &nbsp;But if there were such music there, =3D they would consider churchgoing as a recreation for their =3D senses.</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>Thus does Luther of blessed memory in one place highly recommend = =3D the use of the organ and sacred music for this very reason, that it is =3D serviceable, and induces young and simple and, says he, foolish folks, to listen unto = =3D the receive God&#8217;s Word.&nbsp; It would also prove an agreeable thing =3D for God, angels, and men; if in this solitude and wilderness, which as it were =3D struggles under so many Secula, the Lord of Hosts, with whom there is fullness of = =3D joy and at whose right hand there are pleasures for evermore, would be praised =3D and honored with cymbal and organ, as he hath commanded. &nbsp;And it may be assumed that even a small organ-instrument and music in this place would = =3D be acceptable to God, and prove far more useful than many hundreds in =3D Europe, where there is already a superfluity of such things; and the more common = =3D they are, the more they are misused. . . .</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>Then if an experienced organist and musician could be found, and = =3D a curious one who would undertake so far a journey, he would be very =3D welcome here.&nbsp; In case this could not be, if we only had an organ, some one = =3D or other might be found here who had knowledge thereof. . . =3D ..</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>In conclusion, I now commend Your Magnificence to the protection = =3D and grace of God to all prosperity, and remain,</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>For Prayer and service, most devoted,</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>Justus Falckner</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>(Over two years later, at his ordination, some sort of organ =3D must have been found, for the service featured Swedish Eucharistic vestments, an =3D organ, an orchestra, and a men&#8217;s choir singing Latin.)</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>The best of Christmases to all my friends in =3D cyberlandia.</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>Alan</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   <p class=3D3DMsoNormal><font size=3D3D3 face=3D3D"Times New Roman"><span = =3D style=3D3D'font-size: 12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>   </div>   </body>   </html>   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C18CC3.F0318C98--  
(back) Subject: Christmas Eve at St. Matthew's (X-posted) From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 20:09:25 -0800   Well, they all came ... 180+ communions in a chapel that seats 100, and that doesn't count unconfirmed kids, of which there were BUCKETS AND BUCKETS (grin).   The procession was a moot point ... there was no place TO process ... the aisles were all full.   The Stainer was SO much fun ("It Came Upon The Midnight Clear") ... my contractor sent me HUGE voices (grin) ... couldn't hear Le Grand Toaster at ALL (chuckle). Thank you, whoever recommended it, even if I DID have to transcribe it from MICROFILM.   I'm DONE ...   Happy Christmas, everybody!   Cheers,   Bud    
(back) Subject: No chestnuts roasting, but it is cold here! From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 23:21:16 -0600   EVE OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD St. Agatha's Episcopal Church DeFuniak Springs, Florida   Nancy Donaldson, soprano James Pinckard, piano Glenda Sutton, organ Craig Robinson, cantor   PRELUDE: Overture from Messiah (organ and piano) - G. F. Handel Zion, at thy shining gates (soprano and organ) - Bohemiam Brethren, 16th c.; arr. George Guest I wonder as I wander (piano) - Appalachian folk song; arr. Jay Rouse It came upon a midnight clear (tune Carol) - H 89 The congregation is invited to sing after the introduction (arr. Wilbur Held). The little road to Bethlehem (soprano and organ) - Margaret Rose/Michael Head Sing we now of Christmas (organ and piano) - traditional French; arr. Anna Laura Page Prelude on "Greensleeves" (text at H 115) (organ) - Richard Purvis   HOLY EUCHARIST Lighting of the Christ Candle - prayer (sung by moi) Blessed are you, Sovereign Lord, King of Peace: to you be praise and glory forever. The new light of your incarnate Word gives gladness in our sorrow, and a presence in our isolation. Fill our lives with your light, until they overflow with gladness and praise. Jesus our Savior and King of the ages. Blessed be God forever. Processional Hymn - O come, all ye faithful (verses 1-3 only; Adeste fidelis) - H 83 BLESSING OF THE CRECHE Followed by continuation of: Processional Hymn - O come, all ye faithful (verses 4-6) - H 83 Gloria in excelsis Deo (Powell) Gradual Psalm 96: 1-4, 11-12 (Turle) Sequence Hymn - Hark! the herald angels sing (Mendelssohn) - H 87 Prayers of the People, Form I (sung) Offertory Anthem: Veiled in darkness (soprano and organ) - Douglas L. Rights/Glenn L. Rudolph Offertory Hymn- O little town of Bethlehem (St. Louis) - H 79 Eucharistic Prayer A Sanctus/Benedictus (Powell) Agnus Dei (Willan) Music during communion: Manger Song (soprano and organ) - French 13th c.; accomp. arr. Wilbur Held Suo-Gan (organ) - Welsh slumber song; arr. Alec Rowley Introduction to post-communion hymn: Weihnachten (excerpt) - Max Reger Post-Communion Anthem: Silent night, holy night - H 111 Closing Hymn - Joy to the world, the LORD is come! (Antioch) - H 100 Postlude: Ukrainian Bell Carol (piano and organ) - traditional; arr. John Innes The surprise sing-along was "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" played by me on the piano.   Not a standard repertoire for an SA Christmas service, and not a stellar performance, but we ended up doing OK and having a good crowd, even though two Baptist churches and the Methodists next door decided to have services. It used to be that the Episcopalians were the only game in town on Christmas Eve, and it was nothing unusual to pack over 100 in the tiny church. Inasmuch as we are next door to hell, only mediocrity is allowed anyway, so we had the very best mediocre service anyone has ever seen.   It was lots of music, but nothing overly difficult. We never got to the Weihnachten, because the priest jumped the gun. He also introduced a confession of sin this year, after telling me to delete it in last year's program.   I'm not excommunicated yet - none of the old biddies showed up for church tonight - what's up? There was no one to complain about the decorations or how loud the music was - I'm so disappointed.   Rick spent the day baking cookies and making his dip from hell. I did meatballs in gravy and cocktail wieners in a sweet and sour sauce. Of course there was too much food at Mama's tonight - it was hard to belt out that prayer.   I wish all of you joy, and because it is a Christian holiday, I can say it no better than the blessing that was given tonight:   May Almighty God, who sent his Son to take our nature upon him, bless you in this holy season, scatter the darkness of sin, and brighten your heart with the light of his holiness. AMEN. May God, who sent his angels to proclaim the glad news of the Savior's birth, fill you with joy, and make you heralds of the Gospel. AMEN. May God, who in the Word made flesh joined heaven to earth and earth to heaven, give you his peace and favor. AMEN. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be upon you and remain with you now and for ever. AMEN.   Gotta go to bed - Santa will be here any minute.   Glenda Sutton