Sarah Combes, assistant faith editor
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, Oklahoma Baptist University hosted their annual Christmas Chapel in the John Wesley Raley Chapel.
The beloved annual program began with the University Ringers playing “Crown Him with Many Crowns”, followed by the traditional sing-along portion of the program.
Dr. Dan Reeder, Master of Ceremonies, put together a special treat
– the faculty—a parody of the song “Alexander
Hamilton” from the Broadway musical “Hamilton”.
The parody was called “Christmas Chapelton” and combined a beloved Broadway show with the institution that we call home.
When asked how all of this was able to happen, Reeder said, “None of it would be possible without the OBU community.”
The Christmas Chapel requires a great deal of effort from everyone involved.
Dr. Lee Hinson oversaw the musical groups this year.
True Voice, 519 Collective, David’s Creed, University Ringers, Bison Glee Club, Bison Jazz Orchestra, Bisonettes, Brass Choir and the University Chorale performed the music this year.
The songs featured in Chapel were “Crown Him with Many Crowns”, “Jingle Bells”, “The Glory Manger”, “Comfort and Joy”, “Children, Go Where I Send Thee”, “Go, Tell it on the Mountain”, “Last Christmas”, “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day”, “Mary Had a Baby”, and “O Come, Let Us Adore Him” and the B.C. Clark jingle.
Along with songs and song parodies, the chapel included a “Top 5 List.”
The senior top five picks have always been a big part of Christmas Chapel, allowing the seniors to pick the top five “changes” they would make to OBU.
All the students and faculty that attended Christmas Chapel also participated in a the “Christmas Chapel Run-In Mannequin Challenge.”
Reeder said he is always happy with the involvement of the students and faculty during Christmas Chapel.
“They’re always so ready to go,” said Reeder, “The faculty and students involved are always so excited to help us get ready to celebrate with everyone on campus.”