“The Gift” – A Multi-generational Christmas Cantata 2022

THU OCT 6 CANTATA CHOIR REHEARSALS BEGIN!

You are invited to be a part of this exciting production! We are extending an open invitation to singers in the congregation and community to join us. Cantata Choir Rehearsals are Thursdays from 6:45 – 8:00 PM in the Roser Sanctuary. Each singer will be given a musical score and recording so that they may rehearse individually as well as at rehearsal.

POSTPONED ONE WEEK DUE TO HURRICAN IAN… Youth, suggested age 8 – 10, or any student especially interested in singing and performing arts is invited to play a part in the pageant. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, October 12 from 6:15 to 7:00 in the Roser Sanctuary. Please email craig@roserchurch.com or call the office (941-781-0414) if you have questions.

SUN DEC 18 – This musical service will feature the Roser Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra, along with drama by Roser Youth Performing Arts shaping this into a multi-generational experience for all.. Christmas is a season of celebration, gratitude, and giving…and this cantata from Lloyd Larson focuses on the ultimate Christmas gift… Jesus. Brimming with beloved carols and exciting new songs, The Gift traces the ageless Christmas story through the lens of gratitude and our response to the Greatest Gift. This production is directed by Craig Ramberger, Roser Director of Music Ministries.

Do you remember receiving that long-awaited gift as a child? Or maybe it was as a teen or even an adult! Perhaps it was a gift that you had longingly anticipated for Christmas or a birthday, yet you were reticent to get your hopes too high because they had been dashed before when it didn’t evolve as you had scripted it in your mind. But then it happened, in all its glory: the electric train set; the bike; the pet; the trip; the car…. exceeding all of your expectations! But how do you respond to the giver? A mere thank you seems inadequate for the perfect gift. What kind of response is merited in those moments of indescribable joy?

The people of Israel must have felt something akin to these same feelings as they awaited the Messiah. They understood that God had promised a Savior who would come to redeem them. They had their preconceived notions as to what that might look like and even when and how it might happen. But such a plan was based on their thinking, not God’s design. And then it happened! God sent a King: Emmanuel, God with us; the Word (Jesus) made flesh. This perfect gift was a baby born in the tiny and remote village of Bethlehem. This wasn’t the usual path to a King’s throne. But this was God’s plan. And His plan is always right! So, how does one respond to heaven’s perfect gift? The prophet Micah asked: “With what shall I come before the Lord….what does the Lord require of me?” Great questions! I have sometimes wondered if Jesus would have answered that question similarly to the way He responded when asked about the greatest commandment: “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all our soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” How does one respond to the perfect gift of heaven? It seems to me that the appropriate response is to live my life as an act of worship and devotion in gratitude for God’s greatest gift, Jesus. Come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord! – Lloyd Larson

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Craig Ramberger, resident of Bradenton, FL for the past 7 years, is the current Director of Music Ministries at Roser Church, Anna Maria, FL. He earned a B.S. degree in Music Ed. with an emphasis in voice from Messiah University in Grantham, PA, and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO.

He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society; and is also a board member with the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is a member of the Handbell Musicians of America and the Choristers Guild.

While demonstrating  an extensive successful high school vocal and choral teaching career, spanning 35 years in Colorado and Texas, Craig is also highly skilled and trained in drama directing, teaching and acting, frequently enrolling in high school and college level theatre courses, and participating in and directing community theatre, opera, and professional musical groups. 

Craig has also spent over 40 years teaching, adjudicating and directing children’s youth and theatre groups, high school musicals and dramas, vocal studies, church musicals and cantatas, handbell ensembles, orchestras, bands, variety shows, and adult community choruses. 

His high school groups consistently received Division I Superior ratings and Best in Class awards in Colorado and Texas,  and Craig has been listed in Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers, National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers, and the Biltmore Who’s Who.

Arrive early -or- come to the first service for the best seats!

Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the 10:00 AM Worship Service. Help yourself to a snack and fellowship with your brothers and sisters!

Roser Church is located near the Anna Maria City Pier at 512 Pine Avenue. Bring the family and enjoy the day on beautiful Anna Maria Island. For more information call the church office at 941-778-0414, email info@roserchurch.com, go to roserchurch.com or find us on Facebook @roserchurch.