| |Grumpy lady complains
Margaret Webster reads Luke
an angel appears
Sue Owen reads Matthew Joan Cape leads the story
Hope4Penicuik Christmas Carols - 15 December
audience sing to carols led by Silver Band
Town Hall was filled with families and friends to experience the age
old story of the birth of Jesus told through song, story and some
video. Joan Cape led the story, with the help of readers from all
the churches in Penicuik, and of course the Penicuik puppets. The Silver Band
provided musical accompaniment, along with Graham McDonald leading some
of the Christmas carols on the piano.
The story was based on the bible societies 'Journey to Bethlehem'
event was opened with a warming rendition of 'come all ye faithful' led
by the Silver Band. This got everyone warmed up after the walking to
the town hall over ice covered roads and pavements, with the
temperature outside sinking below zero.
A visitor appeared, who
we discovered was Sheila, a rather old and grumpy old lady. Our
puppet character was most concerned that she could not possibly travel
with only her handbag, upon which Neil Cape brought her 'outsize'
suitcase, which made her feel a little better.
Joan Cape asked
if all that luggage was really necessary, telling us that Mary and
Joseph had no such luxury when traveling to Bethlehem, to register with
the authorities. Our grumpy old lady did not see it at all at this
Margaret Webster from St. Mungo's then reminded us of
that time, from Luke 2: 1-16, when Emperor Augustus ordered the
census, across the Roman Empire, and Mary gave birth in a
manger. We heard how the angels of the Lord came down to visit
the shepherds and how they agreed to head for Bethlehem.
showed the first part of the video, featuring Mary Joseph and the
shepherds, following which the Silver Band led us in 'O little
town of Bethlehem', and 'Still the night Silent the night. Graham
McDonald then led us on piano with 'Mary's boy child'.
Penicuik Silver BandThe
puppets reappeared, this time with sheep and shepherds seeing the angel
telling them to make their way to Bethlehem. Sue Owen from St. James
the Less read from Matthew 2, telling of the visitors from the
east, their meeting with Herod, and following the star to
Bethlehem where they delivered their gifts of gold, frankincense and
continued with the next clip from the video, 'The wise men', after
which we sang 'We three kings of Orient are' accompanied by the Silver
Band. Graham McDonald then led us on piano for 'Away in a manger', and
'Love came down at Christmas'.
Our puppets again appeared to
illuminate the story, after which the video 'We've got there.....and we
go home' was followed by Lynsay Down from St. James the Less reading
more of the story.
Graham Mcdonald then led an interactive '12
days of Christmas' which had us all standing and sitting as we
progressed through the ever increasing days to 12.
Neil played the last clip of video before we sang 'In the bleak midwinter', accompanied
Graham on piano. John Urquhart from St. Mungo's read from John 3; For
God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, followed by a
We ended with a rousing rendition of 'Hark the
herald angels sing', with Graham on Piano, which he continued into
'Amarillo' as the audience departed. .
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