AUBURN | Christmas may have officially passed, but the members of the Auburn Seventh-day Adventist Church aren't done celebrating.
On Saturday morning, the church's parishioners gathered in the warm Prospect Street church and laud Jesus Christ's birth through song. Members of the Geneva Church Choir visited to give a concert and help the Auburn congregation relive the Christmas story.
Before listening the guest choir's Christmas cantata, members of the Auburn Seventh-day Adventist Church went forward with their traditional Saturday-morning service, giving thanks for the choir's presence.
The Geneva Church Choir — dressed up in white, black and a bright splash of red — sidled out of their seats in the church's front two pews after alms were collected and stood in front of the congregation.
With her baton in hand, the choir's conductor turned and spoke to the audience about the Geneva Church Choir's concert, titled "Lead Me Back to Bethlehem," warning the audience that some choir members could not attend the Auburn concert due to illness or a wariness for traveling through lake effect snow.
"Although we may be smaller in number," she said, "We're certainly excited to be here."
The choir — made up of men and women of varying ages — sang the story of Jesus' birth and what they believed it meant for the world, alternating between piano-accompanied religious songs and spoken interludes.
Between each song, one member of the choir shared a few words with the audience to explain the next song selection. Before singing "Treasures of the Heart," a song about Mary, Jesus' mother.
"Take comfort from them, and let them sink into your soul," one woman said of the song's words, reading from a book. "Come and be still for awhile. Savor the moment."
Members of the Auburn church said "amen" after each song, smiling as they praised the choir.
After the church and the Geneva Church Choir finished the Christmas cantata with a shared hymn, Armin Simpson hugged some of her fellow parishioners.
When asked what she thought about the concert, Simpson laughed and said that although she considered herself a biased listener, she loved what she heard.
"I thought it was awesome," she said. "I liked the arrangements."
And considering all the Geneva Church Choir went through to get to Auburn, Simpson said the performance was particularly special.
"From a small choir from our sister church in Geneva, and with the snow and the cold," she said, "It was beautiful."