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First Baptist Cantata Sunday

SoVaNow.com / December 05, 2012
First Baptist Church will present their annual Christmas cantata this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary at 815 North Main Street in South Boston. The Chancel Choir will perform “And on Earth Peace” by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse, and Rose Aspinall, along with a drama component set in Israel over 2,000 years ago.

Under the musical direction of the Rev. Susan Davis, minister of music at First Baptist, the cantata will be accompanied by Bob Davis on organ, Pam Smith on piano, Stephen Harmon on timpani and snare, and the Danville String Quartet. The church’s pastor, Dave Anderson, will be the narrator for the cantata, and after the presentation, the public is invited to a reception in the church’s social hall.

The drama portion is interwoven with the music to create the climate in Israel at the time of Jesus’ birth. The climate was anything but peaceful. The power brokers wanted to maintain their control over the people, but prophets, widows, and old men knew the truth. God had whispered His mysteries into their ears. His plan was unfolding.

Those performing in the drama are Andrea Smith and Lawson Smith, as Mary and Joseph; Sarah Mandel as Anna, an old widow in the temple; and Ralph Tuck, Joey Jenkins, and Greg Donner as local men of the community. Andrea Smith will also have a solo as Mary, “I am Yours.”

The Chancel Choir has been rehearsing since September in preparation for Sunday’s performance and invites all of the public to the church on Sunday evening for this special event.


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