Sing of the Wonder

The cantata, “Sing of the Wonder”, was held last night. This was taken before anyone else arrived.

The cantata included the Hallelujah chorus at the end – a stellar moment with everyone standing while the choir sang.

It was a wonderful thrilling evening of singing followed by a candlelight service to Silent Night and concluding with Let There Be Peace On Earth. The dark church with the lit tree and everyone holding a candle in a holder gives me goosebumps as I play for the singing.

I want you to meet my friend Margaret who plays the organ while I play the piano for services – I accompany the choir alone and she sings.

And here is our director Brenda Anderson on the left.

So that’s another cantata in the history books. I need to catch up on some sewing!

21 thoughts on “Sing of the Wonder

  1. Diane and Squeak

    Small town churches always have the best services😊. I’ll bet it was beautiful, Mary. Thanks for sharing the pictures. They make me miss my little church in upstate Western NY. Stay warm; it’s cold here in Central Ohio, but not much snow.

  2. Rosemary W

    Two more awesome ladies! I’m sure it was a great service with beautiful music! Great job gals!

  3. Kathy Schwartz in SW MN

    A great photo of a really talented group. Church musicians don’t get the recognition they deserve, especially on small town America. There are such few kids taking piano lessons now, it is a shame. They prefer screen time. There is nothing quite like listening to “live music”, whether in a church, school or some concert. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  4. Jo in Wyoming

    Mary, you look so pretty. Your knee must be behaving today.
    I love little country churches, they feel so spiritual and warm.

    After 2 buttons, I’ll have #12 done! I don’t like sewing on buttons.

  5. Carolyn Boutilier

    Wonderful service. Glad you were able to attend. Thank you for sharing.
    Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley VA

  6. Beryl in Owatonna

    Beautiful!! The pictures bring tears to my eyes…beautiful, simple decorations, wonderful songs…the Hallelujah Chorus always brings me to tears b/c of the music and memories. I’ll bet it was a wonderful service! Thanks for sharing and introducing us to the soloist/organist and the director!!
    You do look like you feel better!! So glad for that!
    Will be headed back to Owatonna in the morning, have been in Liscomb since last Thursday. Have had a relaxing time and fun, shopping, eating, and visiting and visiting my cousin. He was doing so well Saturday, not so well tonight. I hate Parkinson’s and dementia and what it does to people. Back to some sewing!
    Take care of yourself.

  7. Caryn Goulden

    It must have been a glorious evening. It brought tears and happy memories. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Charlotte S

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. What a beautiful church. I love singing the Hallelujah Chorus.

  9. Kathy Hanson

    It sounds just amazing and the church is so pretty! Merry Christmas blessings to you and Rick and everyone!

  10. Sharon Lowy

    I know your cantata was wonderful. I went to one in Helmer, Illinois last week and enjoyed it tremendously. Last night my tv took me to the Morman Tabernacle choir,s performance.

    My favorite Christmas song again this year is Leonard Cohen’s “ Hallelujah “.

    Merry Christmas Mary.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sharon Lowy – do you know the Christmas version of Hallelujah? I so wish we would sing it in our church because I love it!

  11. Linda from Estherville

    Wow…Mary. We need to see a before and after surgery. You look like a different person. The tension in your body is erased! Do you feel younger! I can say it took me much longer to get to that point with four different surgeries from 2011 to 2018.

    Now to your important story. I miss the beautiful music of Church celebrations. The small town ones make you feel closer and more connected than the big city churches. How does the foot work go with playing the piano. My knee gets stiff sitting at the sewing machine, perhaps the piano makes good exercise. Have a wonderful day!

  12. Linette Stewart

    Merry Christmas Mary! A big thank you for continuing all your blog posts even though the technical problems have been frustrating. I look forward to seeing your posts pop up in my email. I hope you will be able to have your other knee taken care of soon. My husband and I will be leaving in a couple of days to drive from Wisconsin to Southern CA to visit my husband’s brother and his wife who is fighting cancer. Then we will drive up to Northern CA to see our youngest daughter. We will also be traveling with our 2 dogs which will be interesting. Praying for good weather and safe travels. Wishing you many blessings!

  13. Diane Bauer

    The music of Christmas is such a special tradition!! I bet the service was spectacular! Glad to see pictures of the beautiful and talented musicians!! I can’t imagine the amount of practice that went into a performance like that!

  14. Kathy in western NY

    Your description of the cantata brought tears to my eyes, as the music and candlelight must have been very moving. Our cantata was Sunday morning in our small church and it was filled with people cause they know our choir director adds some amazing touches each year. This year a teenager sang Ava Maria from the back balcony – it was beautiful. I have thoroughly enjoyed the three concerts at local churches and colleges we have attended this season when I knew I had so much else to do, but the music and all who prepare it deserve to be supported and give us time to reflect. Thanks for the wonderful pictures of the behind the scenes people who make our hearts grateful. You look great Mary. So happy you felt well to be there again.

  15. Joyce from NY

    I bet it was a lovely cantata with 3 lovely ladies playing & directing with all their hearts!

  16. Brenda A

    I watched the YouTube.
    It was amazing. The whole thing gave me goosebumps.
    Merry Christmas my friend.

  17. Felicia Hamlin

    Three pretty and talented ladies. Can we find this in youtube? I bet it was beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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