My Adventure at Hope Chapel’s Christmas Choir

Hope Chapel Christmas Choir

After over 10 years of doing choir in school I swore I would never sing in choir again. I put aside my musical side for  occasional beat boxing and perhaps singing with my family. No more the answers “no” thank you.

But this was not to be.

After my dad asked me for the seventh time to join the Hope Chapel Christmas choir I relented. I had a great time! Despite my expectations I might add. This is a great example of what my dad calls “forced fun.”

Below are some recordings of the songs we sang. Our camera was not so good but Bill Ledbetter, the camera guy, did a great job with our camera such as it was.

Rise & Shine by Deb Dorman

This is a newer song from Deb Dorman. This may have been the first performance. In earlier practices it seemed like she may have still been tweaking it. It was fun to sing. Deb is one of my favorite worship music writers. She is also a fun choir director.

Watch Rise and Shine on YouTube

Cradled in a Manger Meanly by George Rowe

This is one of my all time favorite Christmas songs and one you have probably now heard. Legend has it that this song helped inspire the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Or at least the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.  I don’t know if that is true but I do know I like this song.

Watch Cradled in a Manger Meanly on YouTube

Celebrate the Child by Michael Card

Geno the pastor had us sing this song a second time and told us to put “more soul in it.” Everyone seemed to like it a lot.

Watch Celebrate the Child on YouTube

Infant Holy Infant Lowly by Spiewni­czek Ko­sciel­ne

Infant Holy is a traditional Polish Christmas Carol. Traditional in Poland I guess. I had never heard it before but it’s catchy.

Watch Infant Holy on YouTube.

Thomas Umstattd Jr. is the author of Courtship in Crisis, the former head of, and co-founder of the Austin Rhetoric Club, a homeschool speech and debate club in Austin, Texas. He is a professional speaker and CEO of Author Media. He sits on the board of directors for several nonprofits, including the Texas Alliance for Life.

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3 thoughts on “My Adventure at Hope Chapel’s Christmas Choir

  1. Kudos to you, Thomas! 😉 Singing in a choir can be amazing. Personally, I prefer solo performance, but I love the epic sound a great choir can create. All-State choir was the :bomb:. =D

    Don't give up the beat boxing, though. That is rather amusing. 😉

  2. Great Job, Thomas! I know that God was glorified through your voice. And I'm glad you had some "forced fun" that didn't seem so forced. ; )

  3. Also, Thomas' brother, David and sister, Cynthia also joined us in the choir. Another brother, William, would have been there, too, had it not been for a Boy Scout camp out. And mom, too, if she was not sick with Mono.
    FYI: The term "forced fun" originates from the Interlochen Michigan National Music Camp, I attended the summer of 1974.

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