Palm Sunday, April 13, is the beginning of Holy Week at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. A combined choir of 40 people from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and some members of First Presbyterian Church will be performing an Easter cantata entitled “Followers of the Lamb” written and composed by Lee and Susan Dengler.
This dramatic cantata takes the listener through the anguish of the Last Supper to the cross of Calvary and on to the alleluias of Easter morning. It features familiar hymns, timeless folk melodies and newly composed music. There will be soloists and narration. It is the perfect way to begin Holy Week.
The cantata will be conducted by Sue Hansen who has been leading and organizing music for St. Paul’s since 1996. Two church services are provided every Sunday by Pastor Joel Nau throughout the year. The early service at 8 a.m. is a traditional service featuring several organists and pianists in rotation. The 10:30 a.m. service is contemporary and features a praise group using guitar, piano and conga drums. The cantata will be performed during both of the services in place of the regular music.
“A sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. and a 9:30 a.m. service will be provided on Easter Sunday,” Nau says.
Throughout the school year, kids from St. Paul’s and the community participate in the God Squad on Wednesday evenings ,headed by Julie Feirer. The God Squad is service project oriented although they do some Bible study as well. The kids have enjoyed assembling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child and gift bags for the local Meals on Wheels recipients. They have also provided Easter baskets for families in need. The kids start off their evening with dinner provided by the church and then divide into groups for activities and projects.
“The God Squad is open to all community children ages K-6, but registration is required,” Feirer says.
Following God Squad, 16 kids from first through sixth grade have bell choir practice led by Beth Miller. The children’s bell choir, started a couple of years ago, performs six Sundays a year and is divided into beginner and advanced groups.
“It’s really grown,” Miller says, “We will perform on Palm and Easter Sunday.”
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