This Advent, we have been reflecting on “What Child Is This?”. So far, we have seen him as the Son of Man, then as the Son of God, and last Sunday as Emmanuel. This Sunday in the sanctuary services, we will look at Jesus as the Light of the World through the cantata Bethlehem Light.
The cantata opens with my favorite scripture passage, John 1:1-5, 14, a very concise version of the incarnation of Jesus, and a passage that hearkens back to Jesus as Emmanuel, God With Us. As the cantata progresses, we see Jesus revealed through new music with passages of traditional carols woven throughout.
The offertory will be The Twelve Days of Christmas Praise, in which we will reveal more of the names of this Light of Bethlehem who came to offer his life as the Savior of the world. Our Chancel Choir will be in place all together, with over 70 singers raising their voices in praise. We will also have a 24 piece orchestra helping to lead worship.
My prayer for us all is that this Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season, we will truly experience the light of our crucified and risen savior, as we see Jesus, Emmanuel, the Bethlehem Light!
– Kerry Johnston, Director of Music Ministry
We hope you will be able to join us for one of the three Sanctuary worship services this Sunday. Our cantata this year, Bethlehem Light, was written by our very own Kerry Johnston.
When asked about composing the cantata, Kerry shared how blessed he was by the process and how it was interesting to see the project take on a life of its own, as he explored the idea of Jesus being not just the Light of Bethlehem, but also the Light of the World.