Each year about this time, the Chancel Choir sings a last service before their summer break. We end the service with Wilhousky’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” We can’t do it this year, of course, but the music ministry of our church has a gift for you for this July 4th weekend. Amy Bishop and I, the Chancel Ensemble, and the Chancel Choir are featured in a video of patriotic tunes for you to listen to and/or sing along with. A word sheet will be provided online for you to be able to sing along. There won’t be many (if any) public performances this Fourth of July. We hope you have as much fun viewing as we did in preparing this video. Thanks again to Harlan Hambright for technical production.
This Sunday, the Island Choir Directors will present Dan Forrest’s arrangement of “Nearer, Still Nearer” by Lelia Morris. Kathleen Turner plays the oboe, Kevin Lamb plays the piano and the following directors took part: Debbie McIlrath-Fort Frederica Presbyterian; Rhonda Hambright-St. Simons Presbyterian Church; Hope Lamb-St. Simons United Methodist Church; Michael Jennings-First Baptist, St. Simons; Zachary Morris-Wesley United Methodist Church; and Paul Reed, Frederica Baptist Church. This was a great experience that we may repeat in the future, hopefully live at some point! Many thanks to Kevin Lamb, who put it all together.
One of the snowbird choir members, John Sergey – Pennsylvania shared a recording of his singing with me. Several years ago, he had recorded a CD for his father in memory of his mother. I actually ended up selecting a hymn that his father composed – I Must be True and Faithful. Words to this hymn were written by his good friend Oswald J. Smith, a Canadian minister who wrote many hymn texts in the 40’s and 50’s. John’s father composed about 40 or so hymns and gospel songs and used them in his ministry as a missionary. Running a missionary society, he was able to reach Russian and other Slavic speaking people with the gospel all over the world. This song is John’s favorite among his father’s compositions. We are grateful for John’s presence in the choir. You may recognize the name “Sergey” from Tanya Sergey of
A Moveable Feast
. She is John’s daughter! Listen for John’s rendition of this hymn on July 12th.
Looks like Bluegrass Sunday is in the works! August 16 – Save the Date! More information on how we will do that later.
Thank you all for kind words, prayers, and support of the music ministry of our church. Have a safe holiday weekend.
Love & Gratitude,