April 1, 2018
On Sunday evening, April 1, an Easter program was presented which featured the combined choir, orchestra, an ensemble, and narrators, all directed by Gary Riler. The orchestra began with arrangements of “Beautiful Savior” and “Easter Overture,” which included the familiar melodies of “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” and “Up from the Grave He Arose!” The opening pieces definitely set the tone of an Easter celebration!
After a brief welcome from John Musgrave, the celebration continued with the musical “Crown Him King!” Narrators Tom Pricskett and Yvonne Wilson recounted how Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and the choir's rendition of “Praise to the King” related the joy of that time. The song “We Cry Hosanna, Lord!” spoke of Jesus’ ministry in Judea and how crowds initially welcomed Him as their long-awaited king. The tone became more serious as an octet sang “Thy Will,” with Chris Luka as soloist. This number related how Jesus dreaded the task of making atonement for mankind’s sin, yet through prayer, He submitted to God’s will. Then the orchestra played the moving piece, “Jesus Paid It All,” reminding listeners of the great price Jesus paid to secure our salvation.
The following song by the choir, “And God Cried,” related the sorrow God felt to see His Son suffering, and the exhilaration of the moment when He could cry, “Jesus is alive!” In “For This Purpose,” the choir sang of how Jesus conquered over sin, was victorious over death, and triumphed over sickness, concluding, “Jesus reigns over all!” The finale piece, “Crown Him,” was a declaration of Jesus as the King of kings, and the evening ended with an invitation for anyone unsaved to pray and make Jesus the king of their lives.
Watch the full service in the Media Center.