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Celebrating its 11th season, Emmanuel’s 85-voice Voices of Praise, an outreach ministry of the Emmanuel
Reformed Church in Morrison, cordially invites the area to experience its Christmas presentation, “Adore!” which
will be presented in three performances, Friday and Sunday evenings, December 15 & 17 at 7:00 p.m. and a
Saturday afternoon, December 16 matinee at 3:00 p.m. in the beautifully decorated sanctuary of the Emmanuel
Reformed Church, 202 E Morris, Morrison.
Under the direction of ministry coordinator Rich Criss, “Voices of Praise” is comprised of those from the 50-voice
Sanctuary Choir of the Emmanuel Reformed Church as well as members of other churches in a 35-mile radius of
Morrison. Members travel to rehearsals from Sterling, Clinton, IA; Chadwick, Hanover, Rock Falls,
Milledgeville; Fulton and Mt. Carroll. All members have come together unified under one Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ to share the story of Christmas through powerful music.
“Adore!” is a collection of great musical variety. The music of these evenings includes wonderful arrangements
of old familiar carols like “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Joy to the World,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “The
First Noel,” and “O Holy Night.” Then, if you love contemporary worship music, you will love Laura Story’s “Just
Another Christmas,” Kari Jobe’s “When Hope Came Down” and Chris Tomlin’s “Jesus Messiah.” For the classical
music lover there is a gorgeous arrangement of Pachelbel’s Canon in D with Christmas words. And then, for a
good laugh, a surprise piece will have you laughing through the song! No matter your age or musical interest,
there will be music for you! Rehearsing since September 11, the EVOP group is ready to have you join them as
they present this exciting production to the expected 1200 people that will attend.
No tickets are needed for this concert which lasts just over an hour. A free-will offering will be received. All ages
are welcome and the church is handicapped accessible. A fellowship hour will follow all performances, hosted by
the women of Emmanuel.
A free shuttle bus will be provided for one hour prior to and following all three performances. This shuttle bus will
pick up from Ebenezer Reformed Church’s parking lot just two blocks south of Emmanuel’s campus dropping you
off at the curb in front of Emmanuel. This convenient service will aid in your parking ease.