November 29, 2022

By Megan Hutchinson
Student Writer

Christmas is just around the corner, and so is the Festival of Carols! Every year, Faith hosts this musical event where everyone can get into the Christmas spirit. This concert will feature a variety of sacred selections presented by the Chorale, the Chamber Choir, the Handbell Ensemble, and the Faith Community Orchestra, as well as opportunities for congregational singing.

Along with traditional Christmas songs, the Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Faith Community Orchestra will be performing The Word Became Flesh cantata. Director and Chair of the Music Department Dr. Christopher Ellis shared his joy in bringing back this musical work, which was performed at the 2019 Festival of Carols.

“It’s one of the best Christmas cantatas that I have ever come across,” Ellis said. “It traces not just the birth of Christ, but it backs up to creation, the fall of man, and the need for a Savior. I really like that it does that. The music itself connects well with the students, and the Scripture narration is really well put together. The students who sang before are excited to do it again.”

When asked why people should come to this festive event, Dr. Ellis chuckled and exclaimed, “It’s a Christmas concert, that’s why!” In a serious, genuine manner, he continued by saying, “It’s a really great opportunity to invite unsaved neighbors, friends, or family. We’re going to start off with some more traditional Christmas pieces that will be recognized by pretty much everyone. Then we’ll move to The Word Became Flesh, which has Christmas carols within that will also be recognized. I think it’s a great opportunity to bring these friends, family members, or coworkers to come hear the music.”

You will not want to miss out on this festive, heartwarming evening of Christmas music. This year’s Festival of Carols will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Nettleton Center at Faith Baptist Bible College. Come enjoy a night of Christmas cheer and rejoice in the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ!

A livestream will be available for Friday night’s performance at this link.