First UMC – Swainsboro slates annual Christmas cantata
by Whitley Clifton | December 6, 2018 8:00 am
Last Updated: December 5, 2018 at 3:54 pm
The First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir will present its annual Christmas cantata on Sunday morning, December 16, during the 11 a.m. worship service. The community is invited to attend.
Under the direction of Dr. Ennis Bragg and accompanied by church organist Connie Terwilliger, this year’s cantata is a musical telling of the Christmas story from the pen of Pepper Choplin.
“Christmas Presence, A Gathering of Hope, Peace, and Love uses both word and music to tell the Christmas story and its impact on our lives and the lives around us. From the energetic opener, The World Awaits Your Coming, to the reflective Still They Are Here, this work inspires us to dwell on the important and profound way that Christmas brings people together through the joy of Christ’s birth,” states the publisher.
“Beautiful original melodies and thoughtful text are paired with and inspired by favorite carols of old in a unique and creative way. The finale features an inspiring call to action: Go into the world to be a Christmas Presence, bringing hope, peace, and love to a world in need.”
Members of the chancel choir are soprano: Lei Bragg, Debbie Hudson, Deana Patrick, Patricia Ragsdale, Ginny Smith, Mary Ellen Smith, Kaye Stephens, Mary Bragg Sullivan and Shari Watt; ALTO: Lori Bonds, Cassie McIntyre, Sue Stockholm and Judy Womack; tenor: Wade Baker, Joe Flanders, Milton Gray, Bobby Reeves, Bill Rogers and Tony Waters; and bass: Meg Leonard, Dess Smith, Wilder Smith, and Jimmy Sullivan.
Narrator for the Christmas cantata will be Wade Baker.
In the evening service on December 16 at 6 p.m., the church will celebrate the “Birthday of the King,” featuring a Christmas play by the children of the church. Complete with songs and personalities, the play is based on the Christmas story as told from a shepherd’s perspective. Leading the children’s activities are Melanie Frye, Paulette Terwilliger, and Melinda Hall.
A special offering will be taken for the church’s world-wide mission program. The community is invited to attend.
The Reverend David Unkles serves as pasto