Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Cantata

This year, for the first time in a very long time, we had an adult Christmas Cantata at Faith Baptist. There has been talk about a choir for awhile, a sort of "we should" type thing, with most people afraid to speak too loudly about it (or they'll be in charge! is it that way at your church, too?). However, Pastor Mark bravely took charge and hoped there would be enough interest. There was! I really wanted to be in it, but I forgot about the first practice, then there was the little matter of gall bladder problems that caused me to miss three Sundays and barely be able to make it through the next two Sundays, so....

But anyway! Yesterday we had an amazing performance of several dozen wonderful voices praising God with a story of Christmas through the ages (well, at least through the last 2,000 or so years). Several selections from Handel's Messiah as well as medleys of other well-loved Christmas favorites. There were a few scenes as my nephew Clinton portrayed Martin Luther, a family friend played his wife, and our summer babysitter and her brother played his children (and had a hard time keeping straight faces with Clinton's performance!). There was also a "modern" scene with yet another friend portraying someone who seemed a bit lost with the modern technology and instant demands of today's Christmas (or at least today's world), but the message was very clear that through the ages the reason for Christmas has remained the same... the birth of a precious Baby literally sent from heaven as the Savior of the world.
"Martin Luther and family"

Today's modern family (hmm...the Luther kids aged well!)

There were beautiful solos and duets, faces visiting from college, and faces I don't remember seeing before...but how awesome it was seeing them all come together to glorify God!
Some of the soloists (and duets)

Another babysitter along with accompanyist and fellow blogger JANE!

As this week continues, and as many of us (okay, definitely me, how about you?) continue to be crazy busy, don't lose sight of the reason we are celebrating this season.

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