Sing We Now of Christmas

December 2011 - Cover Story
by Rosanne McDowell

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December 2011 - Cover Story

“I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being” (Psalm 104:33).

A flash of red satin, a glimpse of a cape and top hat, a gleam of red-berried holly, all of it strolling at 19th-century pace down the halls of Columbiana Centre. Christmas eye candy courtesy of the Carillon Carolers, costumed in Victorian splendor and celebrating their 24th year of making holiday music for Midlands music lovers. In lush four-part harmony, Dana Fore, soprano; Chan Shealy, tenor; Hal McIntosh, bass; and I — Rosanne McDowell, alto and manager — sing the glories of the Savior’s birth to diverse audiences of every level of belief and unbelief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. No matter their faith, our listeners all seem to enjoy it.
We feel the reason we can please so many different kinds of people is simple. The holiday favorites we sing span generational and cultural divides, thereby opening possibly closed hearts to the timeless message of God’s salvation in Christ. We are “evangelists of good cheer,” as carolers sometimes are called, sowing gospel seeds encased in beautiful musical and visual wrappings.

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