Lenten Choral Concert

Sunday, April 02, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: First United Methodist Church of San Diego, 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA US 92108

Room: Sanctuary

Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah

The Chancel Choir, The Masterwork Chorale and Vocal Quartet
Featuring Christopher J. Stephens as Elijah
Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Price, Organ
Stanley M. Wicks, Director

Free Will Offering

The 170 voices of our combined Chancel Choir and Masterwork Chorale will join forces with our Vocal Quartet, Stephen Price, organist, and members and friends of the San Diego Symphony, Nick Grant, concertmaster, under the direction of Stanley M. Wicks, presenting Mendelssohn’s well-known and beloved oratorio Elijah. Christopher Stephens, bass-baritone, will be singing the title role.

A free-will offering will be taken. Child care is available by RSVP to the church office: 619-297-4366.

Rev. Craig Brown will present a synopsis of the story of Elijah that evening at 6:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

If you are unable to attend the Sunday evening performance, you are welcome to come and hear the final rehearsal on Saturday, April 1 at 2 PM.

Elijah tells the story of the Hebrew prophet confronting the wicked King Ahab with the news that a famine will come upon the land for three years. Elijah then goes into hiding and encounters a widow and her son, who dies, but is brought back to life by the prophet. At the end of the three-year drought God tells Elijah to go back to King Ahab and challenge the worshippers of Baal.

The Baal prophets were not able to convince Baal to set their altar ablaze, but Elijah’s prayer to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob causes fire to come down from heaven to consume the burnt offering as well as the stone altar. Elijah commands that the Baal prophets be put to death.

The drought is now over and King Ahab tells Queen Jezebel that the Baal prophets were killed by Elijah. Jezebel threatens Elijah with his life and he runs off to hide in Beersheba wishing that God would take his life. An angel tells Elijah to go to a cave on Mount Horeb in order to hear from God, who spoke to him in a “still, small voice.” God tells Elijah to anoint Hazael to be king over Aram and Jehu to be king over Israel. He was also instructed to anoint Elisha as Elijah’s future replacement.

The oratorio ends with Elijah being taken up to heaven on a chariot by a whirlwind, leaving Elisha behind as the new prophet for Israel.

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