Come and Sing in Our Christmas Cantata

Come and sing in our Christmas Cantata!

cantataWhen:  Wednesdays, October 14 – December 16, 8:00 – 8:45

Where: In the Sanctuary

All are welcome!

Cantata December 20 at the 11am worship

 

download (1)Hymns for Sunday

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Robert Robinson (1735-1790) was eight years old at the time of his father’s death. He was a very bright, headstrong boy who became difficult for his mother to handle. When Robert turned 14, she sent him to London for an apprenticeship with a barber. Robert continued to get into trouble, drinking and gambling with his friends.

At 17, Robert and some of his drinking buddies decided to attend an evangelistic meeting and make fun of the proceedings. When George Whitfield began to preach, Robert felt as if the sermon was just for him. Three years later, he finally yielded his life to Christ, and answered a call to the ministry. As he was preparing to preach a sermon, Robert wrote “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” to complement his message. The music for the hymn was composed by Asahel Nettleton in 1813.

 

Lord, I Want to Be a Christian is an African-American spiritual, probably composed in 1750s Virginia by African-American slaves exposed to the teaching of evangelist Samuel Davies. The music and lyrics were first printed in the 1907 Folk Songs of the American Negro, edited by Frederick Work. The song has been recorded by such artists as Yolanda Adams, Chanticleer, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

 

 

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