The Briarwood Chancel Choir

The Briarwood Music Ministry is an important part of worship
at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. The choir, now under the direction
of Dr. John Haines, was led by James A. Brown from 1978 through 1992,
then by Clay Campbell from 1993 through 2017. Briarwood's various
choirs and orchestra seek to glorify God, encourage the Body of Christ,
and magnify the message of salvation through music and song.

The Briarwood Chancel Choir is strictly voluntary, and has a rich
past of performance excellence. In addition to several albums
recorded over the years featuring hymn arrangements, sacred folk
music, spirituals and works from contemporary composers,
the choir has appeared at national, regional and state ACDA
conventions as well as Avery Fisher Hall in New York City's
Lincoln Center.

For information about other recordings available from the
Briarwood Chancel Choir, please click here.

The Damascus Road... the journey to illumination and transformation. As celebrated as his life and
ministry were after the Damascus Road encounter, Paul is not the focal point of this
historical account. Paul's life was forever altered because of a divine appointment
with the risen Christ, who chose Paul before the foundation of the world to be the
bearer of the transforming power of the Gospel of Christ to both the Jews and
Gentiles. Paul is not the only one to have been down this Damascus Road. Felix
Mendelssohn traveled down that road as a young man, embracing the truths of
the Word of God, understanding his need to trust Christ as his Savior and Lord,
and trusting in His atoning death on the cross on his behalf. You can begin that
journey as well, and experience the life changing touch of Christ.

Paul says in his letter to the Romans (Romans 3:23), "For all have sinned and fall
short of the glory of God." There's not one of us who can stand before a righteous
and holy God in our own merit and goodness. The issue is not how small or how
large our sin reservoir is or how much good we've done to make up for the bad,
each one of us has sinned, period. That puts us in a predicament, because whether
we all will admit it or not, in the honesty of our own hearts, we all yearn to know
God and be at peace with Him. Paul shares further (Romans 6:23) that there are
consequences for our sin, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Our payment for a life lived outside of the life
God desires to give us is death - or eternal separation from God.

But there's hope! We can experience release from the despair and heaviness of
carrying the burden of our own sin and guilt. Paul shares in Romans 5:8, "But God
demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us." You see, the one who knew no sin, the perfect Son of God, Jesus
Christ, became a man and lived the sinless life that you can not live, and gave
Himself freely, dying on your behalf on Calvary's cross, so that God would be
pleased to look on Him and pardon you. It's the great exchange... your life for
His... His sacrifice becomes our gain if we receive this amazing gift.

However, this transformation can only take place when we receive the gift of grace
(God's unmerited favor) . John 1:12 says, "But as many as received Him, to them
He gave the right to become the children of God, even to those who believe (trust)
in His name." The Damascus Road experience is one of faith and trust, of yielding
your life to the control of a loving, merciful Savior who gave Himself for you. Paul
again tells us in Romans 10:9 -10, "That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as
Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be
saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the
mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."

You can receive the gift of forgiveness of sin and life everlasting by simply praying:

Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner and cannot save myself.
Realizing that You died on the cross on my behalf, I do now turn
from myself, my sin, and my own attempts to please You, and I
ask You to take Your rightful place in my life as my Lord and
Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness You promise, and I
trust in You alone for my salvation. Amen.

If you have any questions about your relationship with Christ, please contact us.
We would love the opportunity to help you with the most important decision that
you will ever make. Please call the church at 205-776-5200 and ask for me or
any of the pastoral staff who would be honored to serve you.

Let me leave you with one final promise from the Word of God, a promise from
our Savior about His trustworthiness. These are the words of Jesus, "All that the
Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly
not cast out." (John 6:37) He is ready, willing and able to meet you where you
are and give you abundant life now and an eternal home with Him after
these earthly days shall end. God bless you.

Clay Campbell
Minister of Music and Worship