Being in Christian ministry means that you are in a vocation and that means that it isn’t just a job you go to. It is who you are and what you do with most all of your time. Fitting in family, friends, and other things like vacation often take a back seat to the needs of the flock. Jesus used the shepherd reference often because it was what people understood. The Bishop family has always understood this commitment. Art as pastor and Amy as organist through the years have been supported by their family and friends. At SSPC, we have only seen the end of Art’s ministry through teaching Sunday School, but I’m told that he was very active with the youth of the churches he served in both the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church. We will certainly miss his kind nature and welcoming smile. Many remarked that they were surprised by Amy’s presence at church on Sunday, but that’s who she is and what she does – it’s a vocation and commitment. She will, however, take time to be with family this coming weekend as they gather to remember and celebrate the life of Rev. Art Bishop. Plans are taking shape to hold a service at Lovely Lane Chapel – either inside or outside depending on weather. There will be a notice in the local paper or an email from the church about the details.
Next Sunday’s music will feature African American spirituals and music. The prelude will be Come Sunday – a piece by Duke Ellington written in 1966. Here are words to the piece for your reflection.
Come Sunday, oh, come Sunday, that’s the day.
Lord, dear Lord above, God Almighty, God of love,
please look down and see my people through.
I believe that God put sun and moon up in the sky.
I don’t mind the gray skies, cause they’re just clouds passing by.
Heaven is a goodness time, a brighter light on high.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,
and have a brighter by and by.
I believe God is now, was then, and always will be.
With God’s blessing we can make it through eternity.
Mark Propst will help lead music on this Sunday playing for me to sing a medley of spirituals – Steal Away to Heaven which includes Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, and Steal Away arranged by Mark Hayes.
We will sing There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit in This Place for the Introit and the hymn will be Somebody’s Knockin’ at Your Door, Hymn 728.
Love & Gratitude,