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Churches combine efforts to present Christmas cantata

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Gallery Choir lifted their voices on high during rehearsal Wednesday for the upcoming presentation of the cantata, "Night of the Father's Love," during the Service of Divine Worship Dec. 19. The choir is a collaborative effort of members from First United Methodist and the First Presbyterian Church. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
For the second year in a row, two area churches have combined forces to present the community a Christmas cantata.

Choir members from the First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Meridian St., Brazil, and First Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Walnut St., Brazil, will perform "From A Father's Love," for the community Sunday, Dec. 19.

"This is the second time we've (combined the cantata)," First United Methodist Church organist Jerry Morgan said. "We do a lot of combined things together, but the main reason is you spend a lot of time preparing a cantata. When you combine it, the work is still there, but we get to do it twice."

The first performance will take place at First United Methodist Church, at 9 a.m., followed by a 10:30 a.m., showing at First Presbyterian.

Morgan said the combined choir troupe has been practicing for quite some time in preparation for the two shows.

"Both of us have small choirs," Morgan said. "But when you put the two choirs together, you have a much fuller sound."

Morgan added Presbyterian Church organist Steve McCullough would also provide accompaniment and Methodist Church choir director Charlotte Pickett would conduct the choirs.

"We will have around 37-38 people in the choir this year," Morgan said. "It's a little bigger than last year. Last year, we had around 25."

Morgan said both churches often combine efforts.

"A lot of times, we share ministers," he said. "This is something that we've done for the last few years."

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