Arlington church choirs combine for Christmas concerts
The "God Is Here Among Us" concert of Christmas music is being put on by choirs from Arlington Assembly of God and Our Saviour's Lutheran churches. The combined choir plans to hold a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Our Saviour's Lutheran and at 5 p.m. Sunday at Assembly of God.
Choir director Laurie Breon said earlier this year she brought the idea to host a Christmas concert with another church to the worship board at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. Then she contacted Pastor Bill Hartman and choir director Rebecca Wesson at Arlington Assembly of God.
Her daughter, Diana, attends Arlington Assembly of God and she has known Wesson for years, Breon said. The choice to partner with the church for a concert was logical even though the churches are fundamentally different, Breon added.
"Lutherans are liturgical and more likely to be high church," she said.
But singing, say both Breon and Wesson, connects people of all denominations.
"Singing transcends denominations, it transcends age," Wesson said. "We wanted it to be a joint effort, something that would bring us together."
The two choirs have been rehearsing for the concerts since October. The concert schedule includes 16 different songs and starts with "Who's that Baby?", a spirited gospel piece.
"Then we kind of go through the prophecy with the 'Advent Canticle,' utilizing narration from the Old Testament, and just keep going through and telling the story of the angels coming, the shepherds going," Breon said.
The concert lineup includes carols such as "O Holy Night" and instrumental accompaniment for several songs.
Meeting people from another church choir has been fun, said Kathy Thordarson, a member of the Our Saviour's Lutheran Church choir.
"Not only are we singing the songs of the Christmas story and praise, but we are learning about each other's congregations as well," Thordarson said.
Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; email@example.com.
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The Assembly of God and Our Saviour's Lutheran churches plan to hold two "God is Here Among Us" concerts of Christmas music. One is set at 7 p.m. Saturday at Our Saviour's Lutheran, 615 E. Highland Drive and the other is at 5 p.m. Sunday at Assembly of God, 201 N Stillaguamish Ave.
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