Worship is our response to God’s great love, and we never want our love to grow stale;
worshiping creatively reflects that.
Sunday Worship: 10:00 AM
Musical Enactment of Jesus’ Last Days:
“Once Upon A Tree”
By Pepper Choplin
Lincroft Presbyterian Church – Scenic Cantata presented in April of 2018 and 2019
The chamber choir of Lincroft Presbyterian Church offered to the community a musical enactment of the last days of Jesus’ life. The story was narrated by a disciple of Jesus, the “Physician Luke.”
The choir, accompanied by Bob Sammond, began the evening singing, “Once upon a tree, a good man died, and though He did no crime, He was crucified. If the story ended there, I would have no song to share, but my heart will ever sing the story.” Jerusalem is visited, noting the danger of that city, and the boldness of Jesus’ preaching. After the last supper and time of praying in the garden, the music climaxes as Jesus is arrested, as Peter strikes a soldier’s ear. The story continues, with Jesus’ body being taken from the cross as Mary sings. The heart of the story is the inner life of the narrator, Physician Luke. He speaks of his experiences with the sick and dying as he reflects on the death of his master. Because of Jesus’ wondrous resurrection, Luke has given his life to the telling of the story. He asks us, “what will you do with the story?”
Top: The LPC choir with narrator, Luke, at left
Upper Middle: The Last Supper
Lower Middle: The Choir sings with the three crosses in the background
Bottom: Narrator, Luke concludes (Phil Telman)
Video – “Once Upon A Tree”
The LPC Chamber Choir, 2019
Video Excerpt – “Once Upon A Tree” – 2018
“Drink from the Well of Life” by Mathew Armstrong:
From the LPC Musical Enactment of Jesus’ Last Days-
This story takes us to the depth of human suffering and lifts us to the ultimate victory over death. If the biblical account of Jesus’ death and resurrection was simply a work of literature, its dramatic power could stand beside the greatest of Shakespearean plays. But to those who would believe, it transcends literature and defines the meaning of life itself and leads the way to eternal life.
J. W. Pepper Choplin
Artistic Director: Rev. Diane R. Ford
Musical Director: Bob Sammond
Narrator, Luke: Phil Telman
LPC Chamber Choir
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Sunday Worship: 10:00 am
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