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"God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform;

He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm."

Abraham is a 90-minute sacred concert piece for soloists, chorus, and orchestra. It dramatizes the biblical story of Abraham, a man called by God to found a new people, through whom the whole world will be blessed. The piece recounts Abraham's faith through a series of tests: he trusts God to lead him to a promised land; he trusts God to provide a promised son; and he trusts God's character when the Lord commands him to make a terrible sacrifice. The theme of this Old Testament story is summed in the New Testament by the Apostle Paul: "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness" (Rom. 4:3).

 

Why an oratorio? Oratorios are perfectly suited to telling dramatic stories using characters, dialogue, and narration. Unlike in operas or musicals, the soloists in an oratorio do not act on a stage or dress in costume. Rather, they create a stylized musical reality and leave the literal details to the imagination of the listener.

 

Abraham is intentionally subtitled "an oratorio for worship" because it is meant to be more than mere entertainment. It aims to present afresh a biblical story for the encouragement and edification of believers and for the glory of God. The word oratorio itself derives from the Latin verb for prayer (orare). This event is therefore not merely a performance for an audience of spectators, but a sincere meditation on God's sovereign faithfulness in the trials He has appointed for us -- a meditation that performers and congregation alike can enter into.

 

Abraham was first premiered in 2014 and revised in 2015. We offer this third performance in hopes that its message of God's faithfulness will be even more relevant in our chaotic and hard-hearted world.

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Josh Bauder
Composer
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Dan Johnson
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Abraham
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Richard Joseph
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The voice of God
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Leah Barnett
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Sarah
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Kathy Tschida
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Hagar
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Nathan Bird
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Isaac

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Fourth Baptist Church Auditorium

900 Forestview Lane North

Plymouth, MN

3:30 pm: Doors Open

3:40: Conversation with the Conductor

4:00 pm: Performance Begins

Admission price is $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.   

There will be no admission cost for children 10 and under.

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