Zion United Church of Christ in Lehighton presented its 11th annual ecumenical cantata Sunday night.

Entitled "Christ Was Born For This, it featured about 90 voices from 25 area churches as well as the Zion Opera Workshop of Lehighton.

Brad Cressley, music director at the host church, directed the choir as well as the 20-member accompanying orchestra.

The welcome and introduction was given by Rev. Christopher deForest, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Mahoning Township.

Rev. deForest announced that the cantata was dedicated to the memory of Rose McFadden who passed away unexpectedly about a week ago. McFadden had been a member of the choir.

The cantata was created by Dennis and Nan Allen. Narrators were Kathy Long and Judy Harris.

Soloists were Brent Harris, a tenor soloist for "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" and Amy Shelly, alto soloist for the selection "Blessings."

In addition, Beth Cressley performed a bassoon solo, "All Is Calm."

Selections included "Once in Royal David's City," "Shine, Jesus, Shine," "No More Night," "Christ Was Born For This," and "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee."

The orchestra, during the prelude, played "Angels From the Realm of Glory," "Silent Night," "Glorious Sounds of Christmas," "A Canadian Brass Christmas," and "Christmas at the Movies."

At the conclusion of the musical event, the audience was led in the singing of the Christmas carols "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee," "Joy to the World," and "O Come, All Ye Faithful."

During the concert, Robin Heckman of Lehighton did sign language for the hearing impaired.