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The following is contributed by Sherri Jensen, Founder and Artistic Director Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society.
No tickets are required for the Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society’s 6:30 pm free Sunday worship concert on March 31 at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City (see our website draperphilharmonic.org for more details).
“Impossible things are happening every day.”
The words above come from a magical song in the musical “Cinderella,” but I have seen “impossible things” happening all the time — and so have you! Are you holding an amazing cell phone in your hand that instantly serves you in “impossible” ways? Have you sat with dozens of other people in huge heavy airplanes that lift into the air and fly you to distant places in a matter of hours? Impossible!
Think of how, at particular points in history, people have poured all of their talents into a project that on the outside LOOKED totally impossible; for instance, building the Great Wall of China and the incomprehensible pyramids of Egypt, putting a man on the moon, and creating technology that was once modeled in old ‘Star Trek’ shows but never considered at all realistic. Think of how our Founding Fathers achieved the “impossible” in winning independence and establishing our marvelous Constitutional government. I have come to realize one important thing: the word “impossible” is simply a mortal viewpoint and not a mandatory outcome. “With God, nothing is impossible.” This I know to be true in history as well as in my own life’s mission.
The scriptures show us examples of achieving “impossible” things with God’s help. In the New Testament, we read of Peter’s desire to walk to the Savior across tempestuous waters and how he was blessed to do so. Peter DID walk on water UNTIL his faith in Christ faltered. Then he began to sink. It is the same with any of us. The VERY same. If we feel we are to walk a certain path, even if it seems impossible, we must move forward, looking steadfastly to God. This will create the miracles that turn something from impossible to possible.
As the founder and director of the Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society, I have been told many times that my overall vision is impossible. Yet I have not given up striving to dig this amazing entity out of the rock face of our community. I feel so much gratitude as I reflect on how many people have banded together over the past two years and pooled their talents with mine, and how, through such amazing teamwork, we have been successful in creating this wonderful organization.
In the spring of 2017, Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society performed the master choral work Lamb of God by Rob Gardner as our first concert, and many people were amazed that we had been able to organize our group and present this concert in such a professional manner in so short a time. They had thought it was impossible. But with God’s help, we did it.
We have gone on to produce four concerts each year since then. However, Lamb of God holds a special place in our hearts. Its message about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is so meaningful to us that we will always present this masterwork each spring as a free Easter gift to the community.
We expect 4500 people to share this event with us this year, and we hope you will be among them. Lamb of God is a magnificent and touching musical portrayal of the events of the last week of Christ’s life, including His betrayal, mock trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. It tells this story with glorious lyrical lines mixed with lush harmonies presented by our choir, orchestra, narrators and professional-level soloists who portray central characters in the story. The Savior’s voice is represented by the mellow tones of a cello. It is a moving experience not to be missed!
Please come and hear Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society’s unsurpassed rendition of Lamb of God and join us in celebrating Easter in the most meaningful way I know of. Let this beautiful music touch your heart as you ponder on the sacrifice and love of the single most important person to ever live, even Jesus Christ.
No tickets are required for our 6:30 pm free Sunday worship concert on March 31 at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City (see our website draperphilharmonic.org for more details).
Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society is just the beginning of a broader vision of the “impossible” — yet possible! — things that God is helping us to achieve. It is my hope that you will realize that you can also do “impossible” things as you look to the God of Heaven and count His Son as your greatest resource.
Founder and Artistic Director
Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society