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BOL KingofKings 1024x1024“King of Kings” Christmas Special Tells the Nativity Story with a Twist

The “King of Kings” network television Christmas special utilizes several creative elements to tell the story of the birth of Jesus in terms that are attractive to today’s viewers. The production is composed of a recurring series of musical selections, theatrical monologues, and sermonettes that systematically tell the story of Jesus’s birth and its relevance to the for the today’s world.

The performances are centered around a fictitious narrative (written by the late Jeff Wood) of the innkeeper’s daughter who’s curiosity compelled her to go and see the baby Jesus for herself. She begins her story with frustration at her father’s insistence that there is no room in the inn” and that this newborn baby was placed in an animal’s feeding trough. This frustration leads to concern, and then curiosity. Her reluctance and curiosity, and subsequent confidence and joy from having met the child, are resonant of the universal journey of faith and discovery.

The musical selections performed by the Oakwood University Aeolians, Jazz recording artist Sheléa, and gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin, provide a type of musical echo to the primary elements of the story. The Aeolians sing the Hallelujah Chorus as did the angels on the night that Christ was born. Sheléa reverberates the sentiments of the virgin Mary’s bewilderment, singing Whitney Houston’s “Who Would Imagine a King?” Finally, Kirk Franklin provides the grand finale with a rendition of his hits songs “Silent Night” and “Hosanna.” These along with several other selections make for a sumptuous musical sounding board for the story.

Interspersed throughout the musical selections and monologues are sermonettes delivered by Breath of Life TV Ministries Speaker/Director, Dr. Carlton Byrd, which add meaning and a contemporary framework for viewers to engage with the story of Jesus. Dr. Byrd tells about the irony of the virgin birth and a peasant king. He connects viewers to the story with an appeal to the human desire for belonging and transcendence. Then, he closes with an invitation to be prepared to welcome Jesus at the second coming.

Collectively, the production composes a compelling depiction of the story of Jesus’ birth. It inspires and challenges viewers to come to faith. Nonetheless, with attractive visual and musical arrangements and performances it manages to provide quality entertainment as well. KIng of Kings provides all of the elements of must-see TV during the Christmas holiday.

CLICK HERE to view an updated list of stations and broadcast times for cities across the country. NOTICE: This list is NOT complete. Station updates are still pouring in. Please visit the Breath of Life website (https://breathoflife.tv/events/christmas-special/) for the most up-to-date information. 

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Annually, the Black Adventist Youth Directors Association (BAYDA) sponsors the National Bible Bowl Competition. Various conferences, regional and non-regional, send their young people and young at heart, to the host location to play with other teams that they have never met before. This year, the designated  location was Houston, Texas and the host conference was the Southwest Region Conference. Northeastern Conference is no stranger to Bible Bowl, as it was birthed by our very own, Elder Trevor Baker. Throughout the year, teams from the churches study the designated Bible books for the season and then meet to compete locally, conference-wide and then nationally. The 2018 Bible Bowl Nationals brought together five teams: Pre-Juniors from Cambridge SDA Church, Juniors from Cambridge SDA Church, Seniors from South Brooklyn SDA Church, Young Adults from Faith SDA Church and the Adults from South Brooklyn SDA Church.

It should be noted that this was the first year for the Young Adult team from Faith SDA Church to compete in Bible Bowl ever. They were undefeated locally, conference-wide and nationally. 

Congratulations to the Northeastern Conference Bible Bowl teams who medaled in each division at the BAYDA Bible Bowl Nationals in Houston, Texas. 
Pre-Juniors - Cambridge Church - 2nd Place
Juniors - Cambridge Church - 2nd Place
Seniors - South Brooklyn Church - 2nd Place 
Young Adults - Faith Church - 1st Place
Adults - South Brooklyn Church - 2nd Place

 

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Pictures and Article by Jenean Lendor, Assistant to the President for Communications

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Mrs. Rénette Monuma, sister of Mrs. Junie Bernadotte, the spouse of Pastor Jean Harry Bernadotte of the Philadelphie SDA church in Malden, Massachusetts.

Viewing: Saturday, October 27th, 5:00 to 9:00 PM at: Magnus Poirier
10 300 Boul. Pie-IX
Montréal-Nord (Québec) H1H 3Z1

Téléphone : (514) 727-2847

Funeral Service: Sunday, October 28th at: Seventh day Adventist French Church 6040 Rue la Fontaine
Montréal, QC H1N 2B7, Canada

Condolences:
Pastor Jean Harry & Mrs. Junie Bernadotte 26 Brendan Road
Clinton, MA 01510-1347
(978) 368-8980

 

Please keep the Bernadotte family in prayer during this time of loss and bereavement.

We announce the passing of Jean Prosper, the brother of Dr. Pollyanna Prosper Barnes. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 11:00 a. m. at the:
Mt. Sinai Seventh-day Adventist Church
2600 Orange Center Boulevard

Orlando, FL 32805

Condolences:
The Prosper Family
13135 Moss Park Ridge Drive Orlando, FL 32832

or

Dr. Pollyanna Prosper Barnes 752 Sherwood Court
Valley Stream, NY 11581

Please keep the Prosper and Barnes family in prayer during this time of loss and bereavement.

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