The Blake brothers, Lee-El and Liran, performing on saxophones accompanied by their music teacher Junior Hinds.

Twelve choirs performed before a capacity crowd at the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church’s annual choir festival last month.

The fourth annual Seventh-day Adventist Church Conference-wide event at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School on March 25 was organized by the Berea Church, which normally worships at the much smaller Grace Christian Academy on Crescent Close, off Boltins Avenue in West Bay.

According to a press release, Minister for Education, Employment and Gender Affairs Tara Rivers and Leader of the Opposition McKeeva Bush were among the attendees, as well as the church’s administrators and other leaders, led by Pastor Shian O’Connor, president of the Adventist Conference.

Presenting the Charge, Pastor O’Connor reminded the singers that their job was not to perform or to entertain, but to please God with their praise, saying that it was the act of worship in itself that entertains God.

He urged the congregation to sing in thankfulness for what God has done, as well as with regard to what He is about to do.

“Sing as if you have already gotten” what was asked for, he encouraged the participants.

Minister Rivers paid tribute to the Adventist Church for involving youth in the church and in the community, and thanked the church for its commitment to community service, the release states.

Winsett Blake sings a solo the Berea Choir’s performance of “Mighty Wind” with fellow soloist Robert Lawrence at far right.

“We really have to get back to being our neighbor’s keeper,” she said. “We can’t reach all people, but each of us can at least reach one, and if we do, the domino effect can be immeasurable. Make it your mission to reach one and you would be amazed at how you can transform the community of West Bay and the country as a whole.”

Mr. Bush also thanked church members for doing work in various parts of the district. “This is what church should do – not only preaching sermons, but going into the community and meeting needs,” he said, thanking those who persevered in the West Bay community.

“I am glad you hold the faith and that the church is alive and active in building our community, works with us, and feels what we feel,” he said.

Among the choirs participating in the festival was the Cayman Academy school choir, directed by student Jaison Harvey, and the ACKy Choir representing the Cayman Chapter of the Northern Caribbean University Alumni Association. The latter sang the spiritual “Ain’t Got Time to Die.” The Filadelfia Church sang in its members’ native Spanish, “En Grande Cido Sea Dios,” while the Berea Church Choir, in the final rendition for the afternoon, brought the house down with its rendition of Andrae Crouch’s “Mighty Wind,” with lead soloists Winsett Blake and Robert Lawrence.

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