Gorgeous Christmas music for everyone

20161201101951_00001There will be a lot of familiar songs, performed in a variety of musical styles at this year’s Christmas Cantata at First Baptist Church of Eupora.

“This program is different in that it is strictly music without drama or narration,” said John Herring, minister of music and associate pastor at FBC Eupora. “What I love about this year’s cantata is the fact that it has all different styles of music. There really is something for everybody! The cantata is totally different from what we did last year. We used drama last year where this year is only music, no narration and no drama.”

Glory Divine will be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 in the sanctuary of FBC Eupora. There are no tickets and the event is free to the public. There will be an open rehearsal at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 that will also be open for the public.

Herring said one of his favorite songs in the Glory Divine cantata is “Amazing Grace.”

“I love the style and message of the song,” Herring said. “God showed us grace by sending His only begotten Son, Jesus! I also love the ‘Madrigal Medley,’ because it is such a joyful and uplifting song. I find that it is just exciting.”

There are several soloist in this year’s production. Audiences will enjoy hearing Shelby Garrard, Bill Yates, Stephanie Stewart, James Reed-Wood, Stan Blaylock, Tony Hester, Lorrie Boatman, Corey Murphy, Rachel Barnett, Robin Mixon, Bill Stewart, Audrey Hood, David Faulkenbery, and Dennis Cruise. James, Stan and Tony are in a trio and Lorrie, Corey, Rachel and Robin are in a quartet.

“The orchestra is amazing!” Herring said. “We are adding a few instruments this year, including three violins, two trombones, a trumpet, flutes, and timpani. These only add to the incredible people we already have every Sunday. I can’t say enough about our orchestra and all of the hard work they put in and also how they lead us in wonderful worship.”

Herring said the choir has also spent countless hours in preparation.

“We started listening to this music back in August,” Herring said. “I am so grateful for all of their hard work and commitment, week after week. Through all of this they truly bless us each week in leading in worship.”

Herring said the musical, “Glory Divine,”, is a reminder of the joy of Christmas!

“That’s what my hope is,” Herring said, “that people will be reminded that Christmas is about the joy of giving. God came to us and gave to us the greatest gift, that of His son, Jesus. He gave us the opportunity to have a relationship with Jesus and the opportunity to share that gift with others.”

Rev. Travis Gray, pastor at FBC Eupora said Sunday night will be a special time of worship.

“I have been listening to some of their practices and know that you don’t want to miss this. Your heart will be challenged to worship the reason for the season – Jesus,” Gray said.

For more information about the cantata, contact Herring at (662) 258-3491.



See a portion of this story in the Dec. 15, 2016 edition of the FBC Eupora newsletter at br-newsletter-12-15-16

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