Worship Service - Easter Cantata


Mar 25, 2018    
9:30 am - 10:30 am


Otterbein United Methodist Church
20 East Clay Street, Lancaster, PA, 17602

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The Chancel Choir, accompanied by Bill Rhoads, will sing our Easter cantata. The Atonement by Sydney H C. Peters, is comprised of Biblical texts set to music. You will recognize familiar passages from both Old and New Testament accounts of events which led to Christ’s atonement on the cross for the sins of mankind.

The “Prologue” sets the stage with “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.”     “The Last Supper” foreshadows doom with “I say unto you that one of you that eateth with Me shall betray Me.”     “Gethsemane” portrays “The Man of Sorrows” as He “weeps in blood.”   “The Arrest” recounts that “His disciples forsook Him” as He was “taken before Pilate into the judgement hall.”    “Man of Sorrows” describes how “He was wounded for our transgressions, and by His stripes was our healing won.”    In “The Condemnation” we hear the multitudes cry, “Crucify Him!

Crucify Him!” In “Son of God” we hear the taunts of “If Thou be the savior…save Thyself from death on Calvary’s tree.”    “As Moses Lifted Up the Serpent” promises that “Even so the Son of Man shall be lifted up.”     “Rise Up, Ye First Fruit” describes the miracle as “Very early in the morning, as it began to dawn, came Mary Magdalene unto the Sepulcher.”     “The Great Commission” announces the fulfillment of God’s plan: “Fear not, fear not, for I have redeemed thee.”    In the finale, “Lift up Your Heads,” we rejoice that “The King of Glory shall come in.”

There is no children’s church on this date.

Off-street parking is available in the lot behind the church, off the Christian Street alley, or at the Council of Churches lot at 812 N. Queen Street.