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Drop-ins are always welcome at all of our Sunday Morning
Adult Education classes. No prior preparation expected.
November 30, December 7 and 21
11:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Messiah: Music and Words
Twenty-four days. That’s how long it took George Frederic Handel to write his most famous work, Messiah. And in those twenty-four days, Handel pioneered a new form, the English Oratorio, which is most decidedly not opera. However much opera may have influenced Handel’s music, there is “no acting upon the stage” in the English Oratorio—simply words and music. And the words themselves are exclusively from the Bible: 43 verses from the Old Testament; 30 from the New. Selected by Charles Jennens—a wealthy, and somewhat haughty, English land owner—these verses tell “the mighty drama of human redemption in an epic poem.” So, like many composers, Handel adapted a story already familiar to his audience, and he had help in doing it. And yet it is also fair to say that now, almost 275 years later, many would not know that story, and certainly would never have heard those verses, but for Handel’s music.
To help us further appreciate it, Richard Baker (pastor) and Charles Larkowski (Professor of Music, Emeritus, Wright State University) will co-teach a Sunday morning class on the music and theology of Messiah. We here at Westminster are able to appreciate that music every year when the Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Chorus and Orchestra performs Messiah in our Sanctuary. The performance will be on December 21. We hope to see you in the class at the performance.
Vernon Broyles III, will teach an extended class on Sunday, December 7, 11:20 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the West Parlor to provide information and offer insight on the 221st General Assembly’s resolution to divest from three corporations as a way to promote a just peace in the Middle East. He will offer a brief background on the General Assembly decision-making process, history on the Assembly’s actions over the past couple of decades regarding the Israel/Palestine conflict, as well as a briefing on the most recent resolution, followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion. Vernon now works as a volunteer with the Office of the General Assembly in Louisville, assisting the Stated Clerk on social witness policy issues, after retiring from his position as the Head of the Office of Public Witness. This is a timely topic in Advent as we prepare for the coming of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Bible 101: The Whole Story
Led by Dr. Richard Baker and Laurie Davis
Do you wish you had a better basic knowledge of the whole Bible? This class began studying the New Testament in September and will offer a survey of its 27 books. It is a basic introduction and assumes no prior knowledge of the Bible. If you would like to join us, please contact Laurie (223-7285 or Laurie@westminsterdayton.org).