1777—A Colonial Christmas

June 8, 2009 - By 


Introducing 1777—A Colonial Christmas. This complete Christmas program, published by SoundForth, will have a significant impact on your congregation. My team at Victory Baptist Church in Jacksonville had a great time planning and developing this program. It comes in a Readers Theatre format, and performance notes and ideas allow it to be easily adapted as a fully staged program. This is a powerful program! I’m pleased that it is now available for your ministry.

Publisher Description:

We often forget that our freedoms were purchased by the sacrifice of others. This story reveals the hardships and sacrifices endured by a typical American family during the extremely cold Christmas at Valley Forge when George Washington led the colonial army.

The original story by David Burke is adapted for Readers Theatre style performance and can be performed without the expense of sets and costumes. The words simply and emotionally remind a modern audience that we have much to be thankful for as we enjoy our Christmas this year in a free country.

Original music by James Koerts includes: “Prince of Peace,” “Fear Not,” and “Patriot’s Prayer.” Also includes traditional arrangements of “Good Christian Men, Rejoice!” and “In the Bleak Mid-Winter.”

This timely cantata will remind all who hear that Christ came to earth that first Christmas to bring peace to the world–a perfect peace that can only be found through faith in Him.

You can purchase this cantata at the following location:

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  • The link above now also contains audio clips of the entire program. Other products include:
    Demo CD— http://www.bjupress.com/product/267997
    Preview Pack— http://www.bjupress.com/product/267971
    Rehearsal CD— http://www.bjupress.com/product/268003
    Accompaniment CD— http://www.bjupress.com/product/267963
    Orchestration— http://www.bjupress.com/product/268011
    Spiral Bound Edition— http://www.bjupress.com/product/267955

  • Sitting here listening to 1777: A Colonial Christmas. Congratulations, James, on this beautiful new work!

  • Hello,
    I am the music director for Old suwanee baptist church and chruiustian school. I love the songs from 1777. The three i most love are Good Christian Men Rejoice, No Greater love, and Of the Father’s love Begotten. Are these available as octavos?

  • Tommy, glad you like this! Since this is a brand new publication from SoundForth, they are not currently offered as individual octavos. (Although No Greater Love is provided in solo form in a book that was released last year by SoundForth with the same title as the song.) I have a feeling that if you and I—and the others who have asked—write SoundForth and request it, octavos could happen as early as next year. As always, you’ll hear about it from me as soon as I find out!

  • Hello there,

    I, too, love “No Greater Love” and would like
    to buy it as an octavo.

    Has it been published as an octavo yet?

    Thanks so much,

  • Hello there,

    I, too, love “No Greater Love” and would like
    to buy it as an octavo.

    Has it been published as an octavo yet?

    Thanks so much,

  • Not yet. You might be able to talk to the publisher (www.soundforth.com) about permission to purchase just that song.

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