Church musical message of hope

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MAY I congratulate all involved in the very fine and moving performance by the Victoria Baptist Church musical ensemble of The Messenger about the archangel Gabriel appearing to Mary the mother of Jesus.

No-one could fail to be moved by its message of hope and the way in which it showed God’s love for us. Rarely does the Holy Ghost pervade a presentation in such a way from the beginning to end – it was manifestly with you all as you wrote, cast, rehearsed and performed the play. Thank you for the truly spiritual experience we all enjoyed.

The Messenger is a medieval morality play presented simply and with great clarity then brought right up to date and set in contemporary Eastbourne.

The stark contrast between good (light and truth) and the forces of darkness was clearly presented in a way the young people watching could absorb including subtle touches of wonderful humour notably; the dumb Zechariah’s busybody ‘rabbinical helpers’  dancing their impromptu Jewish Horah, the two enchanting siblings of Mary’s sighing ‘yes they had heard her tell of her engagement to Joseph’, the seagull that had unfortunately eaten the lad’s ice cream cornetto on Eastbourne seafront!

Ian White highlighted the wonderfully true line that forgiveness (and Christ’s atonement) is worth more than any lottery jackpot.

I hope they will try to get The Messenger performed throughout the Baptist Union churches and the wider world.

I think, genuinely, I may have witnessed the birth of another musical play to rival Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and Jesus Christ Superstar. Everyone should see it.

I’m reminded that a Catholic Theologian and Jesuit Priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once observed, “We are not human beings having a human experience. We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience.”

The Messenger truly made this plain!

Again many thanks to all at Victoria Baptist for a wonderful evening, 

Clive Glenister

Ward clerk &

youth seminary teacher

Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-Day Saints

Eastbourne