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On Faith: Duke’s ‘Messiah’ concerts to be broadcast internationally

David Hartman, the original host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and current host of North Carolina Symphony radio broadcasts, will present the Duke Chapel Choir concerts to listeners.
David Hartman, the original host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and current host of North Carolina Symphony radio broadcasts, will present the Duke Chapel Choir concerts to listeners. Contributed

Duke University Chapel will present its annual “Messiah” concerts Dec. 5-7.

The first two concerts will be broadcast on radio or audio live-streamed in countries on five continents through a collaboration between the chapel and Trans World Radio. TWR is a Christian media organization that broadcasts Biblical based programs in more than 230 languages and dialects to people in more than 160 countries.

David Hartman, the original host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and current host of North Carolina Symphony radio broadcasts, will present the broadcast.

“In his ‘Messiah,’ Handel creates musical settings of old and New Testament Scripture to present the drama of Jesus’ saving role in the world,” said Rodney Wynkoop, director of Chapel Music and conductor of the Duke Chapel Choir.

“TWR is giving us the opportunity to present this compelling composition to an international audience.”

The Chapel Choir performance of the oratorio features a professional orchestra and soloists. Including two intermissions, the concert lasts about two hours and 45 minutes.

The performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; 2 p.m. Dec. 6; and 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets are available through the Duke University Box Office at tickets.duke.edu or by calling 919-684-4444.

Holiday schedule

Advent and Christmas events at Parkwood United Methodist Church, 5123 Revere Road, include the following:

• Hanging of the Greens, Sunday, Nov. 30: This includes church decorations, placing of lights and the Nativity scene.



• Moravian Love Feast, Sunday Dec. 7: The choir sings, musicians perform as buns and sweet coffee are served to the congregation during a worship service.



• Choral Cantata Sunday, Dec. 14: Formal cantata is performed in stages by the chancel choir during the worship service.



• Festival of Lessons and Carols, Sunday, Dec. 21: Festival of Lessons and Carols. Congregation participates in Scripture readings, hymns and carols.



• Christmas Eve Service, Dec. 24: 7 p.m. worship ends with candlelight celebration of Holy Communion.



First sermon

Brother Roland Perry will deliver his initial sermon at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at North East Baptist Church, 3204 N.C. 86. The Rev. Dr. Wesley Elam is pastor.

The public is invited.

Last sermon

The Rev. Joe Hensley Jr. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Road, has announced his call to St. George’s Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, Va., as the new rector.

His last Sunday at St. Luke’s will be Nov. 30 when he will preach. Last Sunday, the church held a farewell reception after the 10:30 a.m. service.

In a letter to the congregation Hensley wrote, “I have truly felt the Holy Spirit nudging me and my family. While we are sad to leave beloved friends and community here, I trust that God is leading us and St. Luke’s to where we all need to be at this time in our lives.”

Friedman honored

T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights based in New York City, holds a special event each year in which it celebrates the work of rabbis who devote their lives to being moral leaders.

Rabbi John Friedman, who is retiring this year from Judea Reform Congregation on Cornwallis Road, is one of three rabbis recently honored. The citation reads: “Rabbi John Friedman has brought his voice to local civil rights and promoting a lasting and just peace for Israelis and Palestinians.”

The other two rabbi honorees are Rabbi Amy Ellberg of St. Paul, Minn.; and Rabbi Jerome K. Davidson of Great Neck, N.Y.

Bible to Broadway

The Triangle Jewish Chorale will sing sacred and secular Jewish music from the Bible to Broadway at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road,.

Selections by American Jewish composers will include “Alleluia” by Fine, “Almighty Father” by Bernstein and “Sing Ye Praises” by Copland.

Other selections, including Hebrew sacred music and Hebrew/Yiddish secular selections are on the program.

There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted.

Contact Flo Johnston at fjohnston314@gmail.com or call 910-361-4135

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