Advent and Christmas Music Options for Your Church

We know many of you are getting started recruiting musicians and selecting music for this year. To help you with that, we’ve put together a list of pieces you may want to consider for Advent and Christmas. 

Lullaby for Christmas

Carl F. Schalk | SATB, Organ, Flute, and Oboe

Here is an exquisite, soothing lullaby that features flute and oboe alongside the choir and organ. It also has optional parts for string quartet, so it’s great for churches that would like to involve people of multiple talents during the holidays. With some a cappella sections, it’s a piece that is great for more advanced choirs. Purchase Lullaby for Christmas >

O Holy Night

John A. Behnke | SATB and Organ or Piano

This elegant choral arrangement of the classic hymn is accessible for all choirs. It alternates between SATB and unison and can be accompanied by either piano or organ. It’s great for beginning choirs or those that have limited rehearsal time around the holidays. Purchase O Holy Night >

Savior of the Nations, Come

Partita on “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” (Reformation Partitas No. 2)

Jacob B. Weber | Organ

This partita for organ moves through several different moods, from relaxed and almost improvisational to mighty and majestic. The three movements offer versatility, as they can be played throughout the service or together as an introduction. This partita is also part of a collection of six that was written to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Purchase Savior of the Nations, Come >

Repeat the Sounding Joy: Five Christmas Tunes for Trumpet and Organ

Sondra K. Tucker | Trumpet and Organ

Trumpet players at your church will jump at the chance to perform these pieces. Each arrangement is based on a familiar Christmas carol and features a beautiful trumpet melody with exciting organ accompaniment. Purchase Repeat the Sounding Joy >

Four Advent Hymns for Twelve Bells

Sandra Eithun | Handbells

For weeknight Advent services and Christmas, it can be especially difficult to find handbell players who will play during worship. This collection of hymn arrangements is ideal for times like these when you are short on ringers. With pieces in a variety of keys, the collection balances small manpower with varied and interesting beauty. Purchase Four Advent Hymns for Twelve Bells >

From Heaven Above to Earth I Come

Lauran Delancy | Handbells and Organ

The opening bell peal is like the angels’ voices proclaiming that the Son of God has arrived in the flesh. With “Joy to the World” weaving between the shimmering bells, this piece truly evokes the excitement of the Nativity, helping listeners remember that the real joy of Christmas is in the coming of the Messiah. Purchase From Heaven Above to Earth I Come >

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Mark Knickelbein

Mark Knickelbein is editor of music/worship at Concordia Publishing House and an active composer and church musician. His compositional focus is on choral, piano, and organ church music. He has a Bachelor of Science in education from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN, and a Master of Arts in music from Concordia University Chicago. He previously served Trinity Lutheran in Kaukauna, WI, as principal, teacher, organist, and choir director.

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