As we entered the concert, we were welcomed with some stringed instruments playing beautiful carols. Their music set the tone for the entire concert. It was good to see many young people playing the instruments so well.
Choirs from five area churches presented beautiful Christmas numbers. We also heard some community choir groups and soloists. In between these, the congregation sang familiar carols. We even had a group of three pastors who did a special rendition of “Silent Night.” It was great to see people of different faiths and beliefs all blending together in beautiful harmony.
We had a variety of instruments to enhance the choir voices. The pianists who accompanied the choirs were outstanding. It made me realize how many talented people we have in this area. We should be very proud of all the time spent working on programs like this.
Those who attended the concert were reminded to bring canned goods for the JAMA food pantry. An offering also was taken to help with the food pantry. Many people are blessed by the food that is distributed through the pantry. It takes many volunteers to make this possible. They spend long hours organizing and sorting the food items and seeing that they are used in the proper manner. Many thanks go out to these hard-working men and women who help with this effort. Thanks also to those who brought food items for the concert and gave in the offering.
With so much divisiveness in the world today, it was wonderful to see people from all different faiths come together in honor of the Christmas season. It makes me proud of the town of Jonesborough and it makes me thankful for all the time and effort put in by the musicians, the directors and the accompanists to give us such a wonderful evening of music.
The concert ended with all the choirs coming together to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus.” What could be more beautiful than that?
JAMA does this every year. Put it on your calendar for next year. Plan to attend. You won’t be disappointed.
Bonnie Simmerman lives in Jonesborough.