It was a night of new things as MountCrest University College (MCU) held its first Carols Night and unveiled its brand new Choir at the Kanda Campus in Accra.
The maiden edition of Nine Lessons and Carols was themed “Where is the New Born King.” It featured the reading of nine different scriptures interspersed with beautiful hymns and carols, sang in harmonious sweetness by the Choir, whose members were attired in black clothing and decked with accessories in MountCrest corporate colors of purple and gold.
The Scriptures were taken from Genesis 3: 8-15; Genesis 22: 15-18; Isaiah 9: 2-7; Isaiah 11: 1-9; Luke 1; 26-38; Matthew 1; 18-23; Luke 2: 8-16; Matthew 2: 1-11 and John 1:1-18.
Among the carols were: Once in Royal David’s City; Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing; Deck The Hall; Angels From The Realms of Glory; While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night; Sweet Chiming Christmas Bells; Do You Know The Song; Ding Dong Merrily On High; See Amid The Winter’s Snow; O Little Town Of Bethlehem; O Come All Ye faithful and The Wondrous Story.
The two-hour event also included a word of exhortation given by Professor Amonoo-Kuofi, Deputy Rector in charge of Administration and Student Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Professor Amonoo-Kuofi observed that during the Christmas season, the world gets caught up in the frenzy of Christmas so much that people forget the true purpose of the celebration.
“Why do we celebrate Christmas? And if it is about Jesus as all the scriptures read and songs sang said, then who is Jesus and what is the purpose of Christmas”, he asked.
He said Jesus was the Word of God walking among humanity. He existed before time and His birth was foretold by the Prophet Isaiah 400 years before it happened. He was born to sit on the heavenly throne and His kingdom never ends.
He said Jesus was God’s gift to mankind. And in that gift we have an advocate through whom we can have a relationship with God as father and children, experience forgiveness, joy, kindness and all the other good things in life. Jesus came to be the savior and He saves those who accept Him.
Prof. Amonoo-Kuofi said hell was created for the devil and anyone who chooses to follow the devil goes to hell with him.
He advised the gathering to always stay in the Christmas spirit (even after the yuletide) by showing kindness, helping the needy, giving out gifts and loving one another.
The event was attended by Management, Staff and Students. At the background was a Christmas tree decorated with garlands, ornaments and blinking colorful lights.
The gathering danced its way to closing with renditions of “Afenhyia Pa” and “Asalamalekum”.