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"The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you."
Psalm 9:9

Recording of the 2012 performance of Handel's Messiah
by the New Castle Music Club Chorus

Harry Cunningham
Kathy Miller
Debra Johnson
Andrew Erb
Sharon Perschke
Joanne McFarland
Camille O'Connor
Seth Gruber
Zachary Luchette

Overture (Kathy Miller)
Invocation (Rev. Canon Dennis Blauser)
Air (Tenor) (Isaiah 40: 1-3)
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness; prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God
Air (Tenor) (Isaiah 40: 4)
Every valley shall be exalted, and ev'ry moutain and hill made low; the crooked straight and the rough places plain.
Chorus (Isaiah 40:5)
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
Recitative (Bass) (Haggai 2:6,7; Malachi 3:1)
Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts: Yet once a little while and I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations; and the desire of all nations shall come. Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts: Yet once a little while and I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations; and the desire of all nations shall come. The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the Covenant, whom you delight in; behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
Air (Bass) (Malachi 3:2)
But who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire.
Recitative Alto (Isaiah 7: 14)
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Emmanuel, God with us.

AIR (Alto)/CHORUS (Isaiah 7: 14)
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain: O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold you God! Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

Recitative (Bass) (Isaiah 60:2-3)
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Air (Bass) (Isaiah 9:2)
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Chorus (Isaiah 9:6)
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Pastoral Symphony
Recitative (Soprano) (Luke 2:8-11; 13)
There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them: "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying:
Chorus (Luke 2:14)
"Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will towards men."
Air (Soprano) (Zechariah 9:9-10)
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, t:hy King cometh unto thee; He is the righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen.
Recitative (Alto) (Isaiah 35:5-6)
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.
Air (Alto) (Isaiah 40:11)
He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.
Air (Soprano) (Mathew 11:28-29)
Come unto Him, all ye that labour, come unto Him that are heavy laden, and He will give you rest. Take his yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Air (Alto) (Isaiah 53:3)
He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
Chorus (Isaiah 53:45)
Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows!
He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.
Chorus (Isaiah 53:5)
And with His stripes we are healed.
Chorus (Isaiah 53:6)
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Recitative (Tenor) (Psalm 22:7)
All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn; they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads, saying:
Chorus (Psalm 22:8)
"He trusted in God that He would deliver Him; let Him deliver Him, if He delight in Him."
Recitative (Tenor) (Psal 69:20)
Thy rebuke hath broken His heart: He is full of heaviness. He looked for some to have pity on Him, but there was no man, neither found He any to comfort him.
Air (Tenor) (Lamentations 1:12)
Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto His sorrow.
Recitative (Soprano or tenorTenor) (Isaiah 53:8)
He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgressions of Thy people was He stricken.
Air (Tenor) (Psalm 16:10)
But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell; nor didst Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption.
Air (Bass) (Psalm 68:18)
Thou art gone up on high; Thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts for men; yea, even from Thine enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them
Air (Soprano) (Romans 10:15)
How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things.
Chorus (Revelation 19:6, 11:15;19:16)
Hallelujah: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth. The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Hallelujah!
Air (Soprano) (Job 19:25-26; 1 Corinthians 15:20)
I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep.
Recitative (Bass) (1 Corinthians 15:20)
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
Air (Bass) (1 Corinthians 15: 51-52)
The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Recitative (Alto) (1 Corinthians 15:54)
Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
Duet (Alto & Tenor) (Corinthians 15:55-56)
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
Air (Soprano) (Romans 8:31, 33, 34)
If God be for us, who can be against us? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth, who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us.
Chorus Revelaton 5:12-13)
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us to God by His blood, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom,
and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Blessing and honour, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever.
Benediction (Rev. Andrew Jillson)
Joy To The World