Festival of Lessons and Carols: A Spencer tradition evolves

Thursday, November 9, 2017
The Festival of Lessons and Carols will be held in Spencer on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The community is invited to this annual program of music and the Christmas story presented by musicians from the Spencer area. (Photo submitted)

Choir 2 meets on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

The Spencer Messiah Board, as it has over the years, has chosen to grow and evolve with the community for this year’s Festival of Lessons and Carols. At the heart of the group, made up of area church musicians, is the desire to join together to share the Christmas message with the community in word and song.

The board brings selections from Handel’s “Messiah” to the community every three years. During the “off years,” they share their Festival of Lessons and Carols with the community. This year’s Festival of Lessons and Carols will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Two community choirs have been formed this year.

“This idea was tried for the first time last year and turned out to be a great way energize the festival,” said Tom Rutt, choir director at Christ the King Lutheran Church and director of Choir 2 at this year’s Festival of Lessons and Carols.

The only difference between the choirs are when they rehearse.

“The thinking was, come sing with the choir that fits your schedule,” Rutt said.

Choir 1 rehearses at 7 p.m. Sundays and Choir 2 rehearses at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.

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