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Local church releases gospel album

The film, “The Passion of the Christ,” has led to a CD release by a local church with the aim of expanding on Mel Gibson’s story of the final days of Jesus Christ.

In the recording, “The Greatest Love,” Pastor Jeff Hanson and the musicians of First Lutheran Church of Gypsum not only mark the suffering invoked by Jesus on the cross at Golgotha, but depicts his own prophecy of death, his reappearance and his eternal restoration.

The film has generated interest in the story of Jesus. But, Hanson said, it doesn’t point out that he came to fulfill Old Testament scriptures.



“God ultimately replaced animal sacrifice for our sins in the human sacrifice of his son, Jesus,” said Hanson. “God brought him into the world to die on that cross and to a new life in heaven. He is our role model for what we, too, can anticipate.”

Recorded at Good Vibrations Studio in Eagle, the 62-minute CD release, “The Greatest Love” reveals the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus through the Gospel of Matthew. Hanson provides an impassioned narration of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, his death on Good Friday and his re-birth on Easter Sunday.



Wrapped around the account are contemporary and sacred musical selections performed by Hanson, Dave and Julee Kramer, Bill and Gail Britt, Joel and Robyn Hanson, Steve DeGroat, Charlie Davis and Mike Bolke. A variety of unique instruments are employed in the recording, including congas, recorders and maracas, along with guitar and piano accompaniment. Carmel Walden designed the cover.

“It is our hope that the CD will offer Christians and non-Christians, alike, the opportunity to hear the whole story of Christ as the sacrifice and the savior,” said Hanson.

“The Greatest Love” is available for $12, with all proceeds to benefit First Lutheran Church and its senior high youth group’s trip to Juarez, Mexico this summer.



It’s on sale through Saturday at the Eagle Pharmacy; Columbine Market in Gypsum; Mountain Kids and Candy in Eagle; Good Vibrations Recording Studio, Eagle; The Kids Cottage in Riverwalk, Edwards; and Glenwood Music in Glenwood Springs.

Mail order checks will also be accepted for $14.50, which includes shipping and handling, payable to First Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 391, Gypsum, Colorado 81637. Write “Holy Week CD” in the memo portion of the check.


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