On March 11, the choir had a great rehearsal and a birthday party for Amy Bishop. We were prepared to sing “The Kingdom” by Andre Thomas on March 15. Mark Propst was to conduct because I was leading music for the Conference for the Association of Small Congregations for the Presbyterian Church at Epworth on that Sunday. The conference went nervously forward because everyone was already there, but church was cancelled due to the pandemic. It has turned out that this anthem will work perfectly for Dedication Sunday and for “Blessed are the persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The choir enjoyed preparing this gospel piece and we hope it will inspire you as well.
For this Sunday, our hymn tune is an old one that we started this sermon series with – Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. The words are new by Reverend Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, well-known writer of hymn texts to familiar tunes. She is the parish associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Union Church in Owego, New York. Here is the first verse to the hymn:
Blessed are the poor in spirit; all God's realm is surely theirs.
Those in mourning will find comfort as an answer to their prayers.
Meek ones whom this world despises will inherit everything.
God, your kingdom still surprises; may we seek the reign you bring.
We will begin the service with a familiar chorus – Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you – Allelu, alleluia. You sang Dona Nobis Pacem really well last week!
The Presby Pickers are in rehearsal and getting ready for Wednesday, November 18th. We hope you will come. Most of our regulars will be there – Rick Ray, Bud Longley, Harlan Hambright, Jacob Bosarge (awesome high school bass player), Tom Haughney, and myself. We’ve picked up a special guest singer and guitarist, Steve Bristol – a local attorney. Get ready for some bluegrass and country music from 6:15 until just before 7:00 pm. Bring a chair, your mask, a neighbor, maybe some bug spray, and come dressed for the occasion – jeans and cowboy hats recommended.
Love & Gratitude,