Annual Christmas production set for this weekend

By BY CINDY BAIRD FOR THE E-T,

“O star of wonder, star of night…Guide us to thy perfect light.” 

This familiar carol recounts the story of the Magi bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh as they follow a great light in the sky leading them to the King of Kings. 

As this Christmas season approaches, the folks of Inverness once again are giving the gift of Follow the Star. 

At least 150 people from the Beulah Baptist Church, Inverness First Baptist Church, All Saints Episcopal Church and the Inverness First United Methodist Church have come together to help with the production of Follow the Star. 

Even though the church venues remain the same, this year brings three brand-new scenes and some changes to the two that were new last year. 

You may find answers to questions that you have pondered such as what did Mary and her friends talk about,  just how many wise men were there or to whom does Omar the smiling camel belong?

Experience the air’s malevolent chill as Herod tries to dupe the wise men into revealing the baby’s location. 

Enjoy strolling through the path of lights and hearing the heavenly host sing as they tell the shepherds of the Savior’s birth. 

See the shepherds “wonder” as they walk through the busy, treasure-filled marketplace and approach the Temple. 

Rejoice with old Simeon and prayerful Anna as their faithfulness is rewarded. 

The whole cast of this scene joins together in singing praises to God Almighty.

The sweetness found at the living nativity scene will fill your heart with joy.  The offering of the celebration of holy communion in the sanctuary brings a spiritual refreshing and sets the mood for the Christmas Season. 

Follow the Star is a wonderful gift to give to yourself and to your family.

The hospitality, delicious homemade food, beautiful music and handmade ornament all help make this biblical journey one to remember.   

This year’s production is right around the corner, set for December 7 and 8. 

Tours begin every 12-15 minutes from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. 

Each tour lasts around 50 minutes and will begin at 703 Fourth Street (First Baptist Church) in Inverness.

Groups of 15 or more should contact Lanny Kennedy at 662-207-0425 or Cindy Baird at 662-207-0743.

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