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Churches join in Easter cantata, sharing about Jesus’ death and resurrection

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 April 2019 at 8:25 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Mike Wright, a member of the First Baptist Church in Medina, portrays Pontius Pilate who initially was sympathetic to Jesus but then condemned him to death.

Wright is one of 60 people from 17 churches who are performing “Come Walk Me,” an Easter cantata. The group performed Saturday evening at the Albion Middle School and will perform at 3 p.m. today at Medina High School.

Katelyn Draper sings “Come Walk With Me” during the hour-long presentation. The cantata is a first for the local churches in joining together for a large choir at Easter. The effort in sponsored by the Medina Area Christian Theater and Pastors Aligned for Community Transformation.

Cody Taylor portrays Jesus during the cantata. In this scene Taylor sings about Jesus at Gethsemane, about to be betrayed by Judas.

Randall Bane of Lyndonville leads children in waving flags to welcome Jesus.

Rick Boyle, a member of the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, portrays Luke and sings, “Blessed Is He Who Comes.”

Diane Thurber sings during the cantata. She serves as artistic director of the production. Her husband, Dan Thurber, is pastor of the Oak Orchard Assembly of God in Medina.

Christians from several different denominations are performing together in the cantata.

Admission to the performance is free with a goodwill offering available.

The cast members range from children as young as 6 to senior citizens.

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