“We get so caught up in the busyness of the holiday, the giving and receiving of gifts that we tend to lose sight of the fact that God gave to us the greatest gift, that of His Son,” Herring said. “He came to us when we were His enemies. He showed us love that we didn’t deserve through the gift of His Son.”
Christmas Is Jesus will be presented at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at First Baptist Church of Eupora. The event is free and open to the public.
“This event is more than just (the adult choir) singing,” said Rev. Travis Gray, pastor of FBC Eupora. “It is an opportunity for everyone present to be involved in worship. I would like to invited everyone to join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Christmas is more than just a holiday; it is the only event that can change lives for eternity. Come worship with us the greatest gift of all — Jesus!”
Herring said he likes all of the songs in this year’s Christmas Cantata, but a few favorites would be “Simeon” and the title song, “Christmas is Jesus.”
“Simeon is an often over looked individual in the Bible to whom God had made a promise that He would see the Messiah before his death,” Herring said. “And He not only saw Jesus but held him. The song ‘Christmas is Jesus’ is a beautiful song that reminds us that God loves each one of us and gave the greatest gift. John 3:16 set to music!”
Herring said one of the real blessings of FBC Eupora is the amazing musicians and there are several solos throughout the cantata. Bill Stewart, Jr.., has the first solo in the song, “Joy, Joy.”
“It’s a fresh take on the traditional hymn, ‘Joy to the World,’” Herring said. “It’s an amazing worship experience.”
Other soloists include, Charles McClellan, Tracy Palmer, Jo and David Faulkenbery, Angie Curry, and Shelby Garrard. There will also be a trio of youth and a sextet of adults as part of the presentation.
“My hope and greatest desire for this Christmas presentation is that people will come and worship,” Herring said, “that the Spirit and Presence of the Lord will fill this place and that lives will be changed because we’ve met with the Lord. Also it is my hope that we all would stop and think about the true meaning of Christmas. We all tend to get into habits, and traditions, and that’s not all bad, but sometimes, I lose sight of the fact that Christmas is Jesus!”
For more information about this year’s “Christmas Is Jesus” Cantata, call the church office at (662) 258-3491 or more about FBC Eupora, go to http://fbceupora.com.
See this story in the December 17, 2014 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2014/12/18/fbc-euporas-christmas-cantata-set-for-sunday/
See this story in the December 18, 2014 edition of FBC Eupora’s newsletter at BR Newsletter 12-18-14.