|St. Anne's and United Church Choir 2012|
For about a dozen years, we sang cantatas, including some beautiful ones by John W. Peterson, for Christmas and Easter. What a marvelous way to memorize Scripture. Sound bytes of this music, challenging to learn at the time, still resound in my inner ear and remind me of the amazing story of Jesus coming to earth to save us from our sins.
During my adult years, I sang in choir whenever I could. Then, duties of parenting, teaching, farming, and running a household made the commitment to choir music out of reach for me. After the kids grew up and circumstances allowed, I got back into choir at St. Anne's for another dozen years or so.
|Published by Hope Publishing Company, 2005, Carol Stream, IL|
For the third consecutive year, our St. Anne's Church Choir is singing a cantata with the United Church Choir in Barrhead. This year we are working on Emmanuel--God with Us! arranged and composed by Lloyd Larson. In this musical, Larson has combined the sacred scriptures about the Messiah coming with songs old and new.
Through music and verse, we are reminded, and we remind others, that God's Spirit is revealed in us. As we sing, we pray, that we may show hope and be hope to the world. (Last week, referring to some of Pope Francis' talks on poverty and social justice, Father Martin Jubinville, said, "Hope demands action.") We cannot be hope to the world by sitting on our hands.
In another part of the cantata, we sing , "O Emmanuel, God with us; with a light to break the darkness." Regarding the Messiah's coming to earth, the narration says, "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who lived in a land of deep darkness, on them light has shined. For a child has been born. . . "
|You are the light of the world, says the Lord.|
Christ tells us that we are the light of the world and we must not hide it. Instead we are to "let (our) light shine before men, that they may see (our) good deeds and praise (our) Father in heaven."
As Christians and as writers, we have a responsibility to be the hope, to be the light, and to share God's hope and light with the world.
This Christmas may we do our part to share the reality of the coming of our Lord.