PASSAGE celebrates birth of Christ

David Alexander performs at the Christmas Cantata at PASSAGE Family Church in northeast Gainesville.

LEE FERINDEN/Special to the Guardian
Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.

The reason for the holiday season was celebrated at the annual Christmas Cantata at PASSAGE Family Church with choirs, liturgical dancers and soloists singing birthday praises to Jesus Christ.



Pastor: Senior Pastor George Dix and Pastor Lady Michele Dix.
Location: Main Campus, 2020 NE 15th St.; East Campus, 5000 E. University Ave.
Services: Morning Glory worship is 9:30 a.m. at the East Campus and Flying High worship is 8 a.m., Enlightening School is 9:30 a.m., Sunday Morning Glory worship is 11 a.m., and Children’s Church for ages 3-12 is the first, second and fourth Sunday at the Main Campus. On Wednesdays, prayer service is noon, intercessory prayer is 6 p.m., and PASSAGE Bible study, prayer service and Legacy & Destiny Youth Ministries for ages 3-17 is 7 p.m.
Phone: 352-336-8686.

Held last Wednesday at the church at 2020 NE 15th St., the celebration drew an overflow crowd of parishioners who enthusiastically participated in the service. Encouraged by Minister Palenthia Boswell, who presided over the cantata, parishioners continually shouted praises to God and waved their hands in praise between performances.

Boswell told parishioners that the cantata was a birthday celebration for the Lord.

"I want you to forget about you and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ," she said.

The cantata featured many performances, including a recitation of "The Night that Christ was Born" by church member Terry J. Robinson Jr., the recipient of the 2012 Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee Legacy Bearer award, given to an Alachua County Public Schools student who pens the best essay describing what the legacy of the late civil rights icon means to them.

Another highlight of the cantata was the singing of "Silent Night" in Spanish by Laurence Alexander, a member of the church and associate dean of the College of Journalism at the University of Florida. He was accompanied on keyboards by his son, Tyler Alexander, who sang the English version of "Silent Night."

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