Many Grace Brethren churches are presenting special drama/music Easter outreaches this week. Here is a story about one–at Simi Valley, California–where John McIntosh is pastor. Simi music director Mark Vogel alternates leading worship at Simi with his Nashville-based job as music arranger, conductor, and studio musician.
Imagine three stages, the world premiere of a contemporary worship song and a musical extravaganza celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
All this and a continental breakfast will be offered free to the public Sunday morning at Grace Brethren Church of Simi Valley.
The three stages will serve as the backdrop for the retelling of the story of the Resurrection, set to the classic song “They Could Not,” first made famous by singer Sandy Patti, known as “the Barbra Streisand of Christian music,” said Mark Vogel, music director for Grace Brethren Church of Simi Valley.
“We’re going to be performing a very high level of music,” Vogel said of the production, which will be presented twice on Easter morning. “An earthquake will rumble through the church. It’s going to be exciting.”
Vogel, who is producing the presentation, also wrote a new Easter song, “He’s Alive,” that he will premiere during the musical production.
“Easter 2006” is being staged by a cast and crew of 100, including a choir, a praise team and a live band, as well as actors who will re-enact the Easter story.
Visitors are invited to come early to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast before each service. Breakfast will be served at 8:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., with worship services and the musical program following at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The church is at 2900 Sycamore Drive in Simi Valley. For more information, please call Vogel or Christie Saunders at 582-4300.