It was a full-house at the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel on the evening of December 18, as Abaconians gathered to listen to a medley of religious songs, performed by the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel’s Choir and other members of the Church.
Amongst colourful Christmas lights stood fourteen choir members, ready to perform while a pianist played Christmas music as a prelude to the main entertainment. Elder Kevin Sawyer, who was the emcee for the event, welcomed the assembly and immediately invited people to join in singing the first carol and praying.
Sawyer introduced his son, Christopher, who was visiting from college. The young man performed a rendition of ‘Come Emmanuel,’ which he sang in a beautiful and powerful voice. The beginning of the evening was dedicated to highlighting the birth of Jesus and to put in perspective the meaning of Christmas.
The performance of the young Sawyer was followed by an interpretation of ‘New Born King’ on the violin by two young children. The evening’s performances unfolded with traditional Christmas songs, interspersed among more recent ones, sung by Senior Pastor David Cartwright and Elder Troy Albury. Two members of the choir also performed, Ebony Sands and Mikayla Marshall, who also played the piano.
The story of Christ’s birth was then narrated on a loud speaker by a pre-recording. As each episode of Christ’s birth was told, a nativity scene was projected on a screen located behind the choir, facing the assembly. As the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel Choir sung a corresponding Christmas carol, people could follow the words on the screen.
A short address by Elder Sawyer concluded the event and reminded the congregation of what Christmas was really about.
The Marsh Harbour Cantata was the fourth presentation by the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel Choir. They performed in Treasure Cay on December 7, on Great Guana Cay on December 15, in Cherokee Sound on December 17. The group concluded their Christmas season tour with a last performance in Man O War Cay on December 19.