On Sunday, Dec. 20, the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury will hold its annual holiday concert. This year, the rarely heard Christmas Story by the 17th century German composer, Heinrich Schütz, will be performed. But wait, there’s more.

The church choir will be joined by the newly-formed Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Orchestra with trumpets, trombones, woodwind and strings to help make spirits soar.

Surrounding the Christmas Story is a fanfare of carols from North America, Wales, Italy and England. The choir also invites the audience to join them in singing a few holiday favorites.

A reception follows the concert.

The concert is from 4 to 6 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $15, with students admitted free.

And on Dec. 24, the West Tisbury church will once again host its annual Christmas pageant at the Agricultural Hall. The service begins at 5 p.m. and includes a re-creation of the Nativity Story by candlelight and the Joyful Noise Choir directed by Brian Weiland.