". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Children's Cantata, Part 2

Here are three more video installments of the cantata, "The Cost of Following Jesus," presented by children of my church's summer music camp. More information and the first video of the opening chorus can be found here. The texts are below each video. I will post the closing movements later this week.

(Those of you are who are either extremely alert or insomniac may have noticed an installment posted, then withdrawn, a few days ago. I realized after I posted it that I had uploaded the wrong video to my Vimeo account. If I had left it here it would have been out of sequence. But a cantata is a story, after all! I didn't want to give you the end before the middle! And I couldn't immediately fix the problem because of the uploading limit on my free Vimeo account. But I think I should now be able to wrap this up in a few days.)

"The Cost of Following Jesus" - II. Recitative - Luke 9:51-53 from Cheryl on Vimeo.

Recitative: When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. But the people did not receive him, because his face was set towards Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51-53)

"The Cost of Following Jesus" - III. Aria, Recitative, Aria - Luke 9:54-56 from Cheryl on Vimeo.

Aria: Take up your Cross! Take up your cross, do not be ashamed, not let your foolish heart rebel; for I, I, the Son of Man have come to bear your sin and save you from hell. - Charles W. Everest

Recitative: And when the disciples James and John saw it, they asked: "Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" But Jesus turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village. - Luke 9:54-56

Aria: Christ, our rock and sure foundation, chosen , precious Cornerstone; we are built on You alone!

Fierce, the world's denunciation; though the gates of hell assail; they shall surely not prevail.

On the Holy Scriptures grounded, we will never be confounded; Trusting all that You have spoken, for Your Word cannot be broken!

Jesus, Author of Salvation, on the cross You died for all; sinners ruined by the fall. Your great love for ev'ry nation seeks to save and not condemn; nor are You ashamed of them.

On the Holy Scriptures grounded, we will never be confounded; Trusting all that You have spoken, for Your Word cannot be broken!

By Your Spirit's inspiration, strengthen us with faithfulness, that we may Your truth confess. Bless, O Lord, this congregation all we plan or say or do, laying down our lives for You.

On the Holy Scriptures grounded, we will never be confounded; Trusting all that You have spoken, for Your Word cannot be broken! - Stephen Starke


Leah said...

I never knew how beautiful handbells could be. Also is that your daughter soloing? (It looked like her thick blond hair I've seen on her in other pictures.) Well done.

Also I wanted to let you know I read your "How to Win Friends and Influence People" post under your Motherhood label. It was very well put. I always like when people can put what I'm thinking into words when I don't know how.
(C. S. Lewis does that so well.)
I put a link to that post from my blog because I think more moms should read it.
Thank you!

Cheryl said...

Leah, you guessed it. That is my daughter. She was busy that doing, running back and forth between the handbell table and choir and the microphone!

I'll let my husband know you liked the bells! I personally think they are most beautiful when used liturgically or orchestrally (rather than alone in a handbell choir doing a piece of music composed solely for bells).

And thanks for the link!

Untamed Shrew said...

Go Caitlin go! Those are some really challenging intervals!

Cheryl said...

She can thank her father for those intervals. :-) But I guess that's why she does so well with them. She's been singing his intervals for years. :-)

Cheryl said...

::sigh:: Just saw my typo in my first comment. She busy that "doing"??? She was busy that morning.