Written to be used during an Advent prayer service involving children, Jesse Tree is a simple but powerful song linking the four weeks of Advent. For example, the first week tells the stories of Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph. Jesse Tree is a "cumulative song, like The Twelve Days of Christmas. Each refrain gets progressively longer, until, by the final week, the children are able to mentally "step back and see the whole amazing story of salvation. The song is intended to be used along with the presentation of symbols, which are placed on the Jesse Tree by the children.
The full score, used by the leader, keyboard player, and cantor, contains the full music: vocals, keyboard, guitar chord symbols, bass, flute, and handbells. (A separate edition is planned for guitar and bass, which will also include a simplified piano part ideal for a student. Separate parts will also be available for flute and handbells.) The full-score edition also contains introductory material about the different ways the song can be used, along with four complete Advent paraliturgies.
The Singers Edition contains the parts that are to be sung by the participants. (Cantor verses are found only in the full score.)
Jesse Tree is sure to enhance the joyful season of Advent for your children for years to come.