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Concordia Seminary Chorus Announces Advent Tour

The Concordia Seminary Chorus, St. Louis, Mo., announces its 2002 Advent Tour. The Rev. Henry V. Gerike is the director of the choir. The Concordia Seminary Chorus will present a service of congregational hymns, readings and settings of psalms and spiritual songs for the season of Advent on the following dates:

December 8, 2002, at 3:30 p.m. – Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
December 11, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. – Ascension Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Missouri
December 13, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. – Redeemer Lutheran Church, Olathe, Kansas
December 14, 2002, at 6:00 p.m. – St. John Lutheran Church, Storm Lake, Iowa
December 15, 2002, at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – Memorial Lutheran Church, Ames, Iowa
December 15, 2002, at 5:00 p.m. – St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Atkins, Iowa

The music for the service has been specifically selected to reflect the season of Advent. The Service of Evening Prayer for Advent begins with the service of light, during which the canticle, “O Gladsome Light, O Grace” by Claude Goudimel, will be featured. Motets focusing on the Advent themes will be sung by the Chorus, while hymn and psalm settings will invite participation by the congregation. A new setting of Psalm 4 by Chorus director Henry V. Gerike will conclude the psalmody. The closing hymn is the Charles Wesley text, “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending.”

The touring choir of the Concordia Seminary Chorus consists of students who are preparing to become pastors in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. They represent a portion of the full Concordia Seminary Chorus, which numbers 100 singers.

For more information, contact, Seminary Relations, Concordia Seminary, 801 DeMun Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105; 314.505.7370; semrelations@csl.edu.