An Easter musical about the message, not a show

Apr. 16, 2014 @ 10:42 AM

The Rev. Randy Thompson, minister of music at Braggtown Baptist Church, says the choir’s Easter musical won’t be a performance.

“We are servants. … It’s a celebration of worship, not just a show,” said Thompson, 65, who retired a few years ago after serving churches with choirs large and small. He came back into ministry part time at Braggtown Baptist.
Thompson has led big performances at other churches, but said eventually you can’t outdo yourself. Over time you get back to a point that the basic message is what’s important, he said.
The BBC Sanctuary Choir will sing “Amazing Grace -- My Chains are Gone,” an Easter musical published by Lillenas Music and arranged by church music veterans Dennis and Nan Allen. It includes elements that are both traditional, like the original hymn “Amazing Grace,” and contemporary, like the adaptation “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Chris Tomlin. Communion is served mid-musical.
Thompson led the choir in the musical at his previous church, Gorman Baptist, and this will be the first time for Braggtown. Church member Glenn McFarland will serve as narrator and soloist.
“It’s very introspective about how we as Christians are bound by chains of all sorts,” Thompson said. The musical encourages them to break away from those chains. Chains are “anything that comes between your relationship with the Lord.” That could be things like family, job or money, or the hurtful things like drugs and alcohol, he said. Other chains can be real, imagined, self-imposed or forced upon us, Thompson said.
“It’s important to get back to that relationship,” he said. “Christ’s blood has the power over all of them to free us. … That freedom is what Christianity does for us – his cleansing blood.”
Thompson said the choir is a small group of 13 or 14, but a good group. The musical will encourage congregants to worship, he said.
Thompson said he came out of retirement because he wants to be obedient and serve Braggtown Baptist anyway he can.
“You want to feel needed and go where God wants you,” he said.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Easter musical “Amazing Grace -- My Chains are Gone”

WHEN: 11 a.m. worship service Sunday
WHERE: Braggtown Baptist Church
3218 N. Roxboro St., Durham
INFORMATION: Nursery provided. http://bbcdurham.com or 919-220-1166