Andrew Schaeffer, Director of Music Ministries
Like our Episcopal, Roman Catholic & Lutherans sisters and brothers, we in the United Methodist Church use the Lectionary to guide us through the church year. While the Lectionary states that this upcoming Sunday is Ascension Sunday (40 days post-Easter) it’s hard to ignore that Memorial Day weekend is juxtaposed against it. However, while Memorial Day is strictly a secular holiday, it is appropriate for us to pause and give thanks to God for the many men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that, among other things, we can worship our risen Lord freely and boldly.
In keeping with this theme, the Adult Choir will sing a stirring rendition of the hymn “God of Our Fathers” while Abby Boatman will offer “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” during the offering. At points in both pieces of music, you as a congregation will be invited to sing along, joining our voices to honor of the sacrifice of so many and to celebrate the freedom we have through Jesus Christ.
I hope you’ll join us this Sunday!