In the second of a series of Chapel Centennial Celebrations planned throughout 2017, the Ursuline Sisters hosted the King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church Choir on Sunday, March 19, for an evening performance of gospel music.
Led by Reverend Darrell Martin and Reverend Charles Elliott III, 40 choir members filled the worship space with striking vocals, solos, instrumentals and energetic direction from the choir directors. Dominant vocals and strong harmony with Christian lyrics are the hallmarks of Gospel music, which can be traced to the early 17th century. With roots in the black oral tradition, hymns and sacred songs are typically repeated in a ‘call and response’ fashion.
Performing to an audience of sisters, associates, friends and families, the music set feet tapping, bodies swaying and hands outstretched in praise. Hymns and responsorials included:
• We Have Come Into This House
• I Love You Lord Today
• I’ve Got Nothing But The Holy Ghost
• Jesus Is Love
• Every Praise
• I Need You To Survive
• Pass Me Not
• Thank You Lord
• You’ve Been Good To Me
At the close of the hour-long performance, the choir members went pew-by-pew mingling with attendees and rejoicing in their kindred spirit.
The King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church has been led by Reverend Dr. Charles Elliott Jr., senior pastor and community activist since 1961. The church is located in downtown Louisville. The church choir spreads God’s love through vocals, instrumentals and dance performing at church services and civic functions throughout the year.
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