Our FatherOn August 30, 2015, the Banner Elk Presbyterian Choir performed “Our Father” – A Journey Through the Lord’s Prayer.

It is rare to find a major, non-seasonal musical with such power and meaning. Pepper Choplin has taken The Lord’s Prayer and shaped it as the foundation of this creative worship experience. With highly original music and thoughtful narration, one of the most beloved passages is turned into a musical presentation with teaching moments for the choir and congregation. A concept for any time of the year, this musical delivers both artistry and ministry.

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Our Father Cantata

 

Program

Narration
We Are Not Alone”
Brook Hicks, Duane Addison, soloists

Narration
“Our Father in Heaven”

Narration
“Holy Be Thy Name” 
Suzie Fisk, flute

Narration
“Let Your Kingdom Come”

Narration
“Give Us This Day”
Rob Clemmer, Duane Addison, Brook Hicks, Diane Rydell, Phyllis Clemmer, Jone Stevenson, Ensemble

Narration
“Forgive Us” (Help Us Forgive Ourselves)

Narration
“Lead Us Not into Temptation”

Narration
“Thine Is the Kingdom”

Closing Prayer                                     – Rev. Feild Russell

 

Choir:

Sara BrewerPhyllis Clemmer
Martha BurnsAlice Durham
Susan CarterSue Ferguson
Becky FranklinBarbara Hosbein
Brook HicksSarah Manning
Laura RussellJone Stevenson
Evelyn ThoubboronDedy Trevor
Kathy Ward
Rob ClemmerDuane Addison
Coy FranklinBill Ferguson
Larry KennedyDick Larson
Music DirectorDiane Rydell
AccompanistLisa Smith
FluteSuzie Fisk
NarratorRev. Leslie Piper

About the Composer

Pepper Choplin is a full time composer, conductor, and humorist. He has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. Beginning his music training at the age of four, Pepper grew up singing and playing piano, trumpet, guitar, and banjo. With a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he went on to earn a Master of Music degree in composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

With a diverse musical background, Choplin composes and incorporates varied styles such as folk, gospel, classical, and jazz. His published works include more than 230 anthems for church and school choirs, 13 church cantatas, and one book of piano compositions. His anthems consistently appear in the top-seller lists of publishers and distributors. Since 1991, his choral music has sold several million copies

Currently, Choplin attends Greystone Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he served as music minister for twenty-two years. There in his hometown, Choplin has conducted several mass performances of his Easter and Christmas cantatas in Meymandi Auditorium (home to the NC Symphony) with more than two hundred voices and full orchestra.