Sounds of Christmas Fill Hayden Lake Church

February 17, 2017 | Loren Starr

The sounds of Christmas were in the air Dec. 17, 2016, at the Hayden Lake Church in Hayden, Idaho, as members hosted their annual Christmas musical program for the church and community. A large bell-choir featuring 37 bells and a combination of four different choirs, from young children's to adult choirs, celebrated the Christmas season with beautiful musical pieces.

Various men's and women's choruses, instrumental ensembles and vocal numbers added variety to the program. Local musicians had been preparing for weeks under the direction of Sue Johnson, and the program was well-attended by family and friends from the community.

Jorge Baute, Hayden Lake Church pastor, and several others provided narration between musical numbers, drawing minds back to the First Advent of Jesus to this earth and how He came to wrap us up in His own righteousness, providing the way of salvation. In closing, the invitation was given to look to Jesus' Second Advent and to accept His offer of eternal life in heaven with Him — Jesus, the King of Kings. Appropriately, the lovely musical service culminated with a choral rendition of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus."