St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Iowa City is one of many congregations celebrating communion throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons using Christmas carols. The resources are available from the General Board of Discipleship, a ministry supported by local church apportionment gifts from across Iowa and the entire United Methodist connection.
The opening dialogue (“The Lord be with you”) for the Great Thanksgiving, for example, is set to the tune for “Good King Wenceslas.” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” also are used in the litany. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” provides the melody for the final “Amen.”
Dean McIntyre and Daniel Benedict, present and former staff at the General Board of Discipleship, are the compilers and authors of these adaptations. They have been generous in offering the music widely for use by local churches. Each downloadable page carries the following copyright notice: “This music may be reproduced, distributed, and used in church bulletins for nonprofit local church worship or education with the inclusion of the copyright citation and General Board of Discipleship worship website as its source.”