The Presbyterian Church, North Fourth and Chestnut Streets, Cochocton, will present Theodore Dubois's sacred cantata, "The Seven Last Words of Christ" as part of 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday, April 2. Deacon Greg Sandra has called the Seven Last Words "one final sermon on the mount, a lasting message of forgiveness and mercy."
The church's Chancel Choir, conducted by Charles R. Snyder and accompanied by organist Mark D. Wagner, will be joined by soloists Kristin E. Lawler, soprano; Matthew P. Downing, tenor; and instrumentalists E. Luane Campbell, flute; Deborah Jones, oboe; Melinda G. Gale, clarinet; Leslie K. Dawson, bassoon; Joan E. Kason, horn; Donald T. Kason, trumpet; and Mathew H. Hayes, timpani.
Theodore Dubois was an important French organist, composer, and professor of music on the Paris scene in the late 1800s. Today he is best remembered for this sacred cantata (composed in 1867), his Toccata in G for organ, and his texts on counterpoint and harmony.
The Reverend Jonathan T. Carlisle and Sarah Swigert will serve as liturgists, Dannan and Sydney Stewart will be the cantors, and Gage Haines will be the crucifer.
Pastor Carlisle will lead an adult study at 9:15 that morning on these seven last statements Jesus made on the cross. The class will meet in the third floor conference room and visitors are welcome.
All are invited to share in this musical worship service for Lent. Preschool childcare will be provided and ample parking is available.