‘Cotton Patch Gospel’ coming to Methodist church
The story of Jesus set in modern-day Georgia, “Cotton Patch Gospel,” will be offered Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Gardnerville.
The show is billed as “The Greatest Story Every Retold,” and is presented by the Western-Nevada based Tres Dias-Kairos Ministry, an ecumenical Christian Outreach Fellowship.
The “leg-slappin’, toe-tappin,’ handclappin,’ hoedown” musical is taken from a book written by Southern Baptist minister Clarence Jordan, with music by the late Harry Chapin. The musical score for the show represents Chapin’s last completed songs before his death in 1981.
According to the program, Jordan takes the gospel message out of the study and the stained glass sanctuary and places them under the sky where people toil, laugh, cry and wonder. It is not only translation into modern American English but also into modern American ideals.
Chapin was the composer of such hits as “Cat’s in the Cradle” and “Taxi,” and considered himself “born to write the music for ‘Cotton Patch Gospel.'”
The production of “Cotton Patch Gospel” is a fund-raiser for Tres Dias/Kairo Ministry and is free to the public, though a love offering will be take at the end of the performance.
The show will be held at 7 p.m. at the church, located at 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville. For information, call the church at 782-4600.
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