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Published: Saturday, December 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Four churches join to stage 'Nativity'

  • Kathy Jo Kahn sings during the program.

    Samuel Wilson / The Herald

    Kathy Jo Kahn sings during the program.

  • Dana Hawk sings the lyrics "Jesus, Lord at Thy birth" during her solo of "Silent Night" as part of the Nativity Sing Along program...

    Samuel Wilson / The Herald

    Dana Hawk sings the lyrics "Jesus, Lord at Thy birth" during her solo of "Silent Night" as part of the Nativity Sing Along program held by the Tears of Praise Ministries at the Everett Mall on Sunday.

  • Reece Dougherty, 4, stares into an electric candle while sitting on mom Kristen Dougherty's lap during the Nativity singalong at the Everett Mall on S...

    Samuel Wilson / The Herald

    Reece Dougherty, 4, stares into an electric candle while sitting on mom Kristen Dougherty's lap during the Nativity singalong at the Everett Mall on Sunday.

  • Judge David Mitchell performs in the Nativity program.

    Samuel Wilson / The Herald

    Judge David Mitchell performs in the Nativity program.

EVERETT -- Bearing down on the shortest day of the year, they came to bring music and light.
The Rev. Kathy Jo Kahn, a pastor at Everett's Grapevine Ecclesia, led on vocals and piano for Sunday's performance of "The Nativity Story by Candlelight."
A rhythm section, harmonica player and narrators helped illuminate the story of Jesus Christ's birth.
"This is a singalong, this is a stand-up, sit-down-and-enjoy-yourself," Kahn said, before launching her band, Tears of Praise, into "Come All Ye Faithful."
Sunday night's concert echoed through the former Everett Mall movie theater now run by the Snohomish County Music Project.
Kahn said the goal was to have an inclusive atmosphere. At least four churches helped pull it off.
This was the sixth year of the Nativity performances.
"This is the biggest one," Kahn said.
Earlier that week, Kahn had taken the show to a senior center and recovery programs in Marysville, south Everett and Tulalip.
The music evoked the Holy Land when Jesus Christ was born more than 2,000 years ago.
Two narrators, including retiring Everett Municipal Judge David Mitchell, filled in gaps in the story line.
Kahn and company sang traditional tunes including "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and "The First Noel." Church members played the Wise Men, giving tribute to Baby Jesus.
As the band broke into "Silent Night," an usher walked the aisles handing out electric candles.
"Silent night, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light."
Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; nhaglund@heraldnet.com.

Story tags » Everett MallFaithMusicChristmas

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