The “patchwork” in the title of a musical production set for 5 p.m. April 14 at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meader St., has a dual meaning. It refers to the music itself, which will span several centuries, and to the prayer shawl and quilt ministry at the church.

Each of the four narrators–all women–will wear a shawl created by the ministry. Quilts and shawls will be on display for blessing.


The production, which is free to the public, is the brainchild of Jeffery Goolsby, director of choral studies at Abilene Christian University and choirmaster at Heavenly Rest. He wanted to present a concert based on the Passion of Jesus Christ in conjunction with the church’s ongoing Chamber Music Concert Series.

“I wanted to do something creative and different,” he said.

The result is the “Patchwork Passion,” with four women telling the story in the form of a narrative written by church member Susan Pigott, a professor of Old Testament at Hardin-Simmons University. The music will include chants, contemporary choral settings, and vocal and orchestral instrumentals.

“We’ll give a nod to Bach,” Goolsby promised.

Also featured will be Josiah Montgomery, interim organist; Abigail Payne Sanders, pianist; and the Chamber Orchestra.

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