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Song and sign language combine in Baltimore to highlight the holiday season

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The sounds of the season reverberated from the Baltimore church at 1263 East North Avenue as the Divine Voices of Praise presented its annual Christmas Concert Sunday December 15, 2013. The choir had been in practice at Ark Church for several weeks with its minister of music, Marcus D. Smith.

After an opening hymn, "O Come All Ye Faithful", scripture was read by Bishop-Elect Rev. Dr. J. L. Carter.

The Divine Voices of Praise then took over with a repertoire which included various genres. The repertoire included: a snippet of "Hallelujah"(from Soulful Symphony), "Carol of the Bells", "Joy to the World", "For Unto Us", and "Come Let Us Adore Him/Emmanuel".

Another feature of the program included great solos sung by Zanile Cypress Curtis ("O Thou Who Tellest Good Tidings") and Joyce Buchanan ("He Shall Feed His Flock"). A trio composed of musicians Ciera Dennis, Abraham Matthews and Javon Charles enthused the congregants with their three-part rendition of "Oh Holy Night".

The church's Visual Praise Deaf Ministry ministered to the congregation in sign language by translating each song.

Rev. Carter extended an invitation for discipleship and closed the program with the congregation singing "Silent Night".

The pastor of Ark Church is Bishop-Elect Rev. Dr. J. L. Carter. The church's website is



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