Worship and Music Ministry Update

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Andrew Schaeffer, Director of Music Ministries
andrew@fumcedmond.org

Save the Date!
On Sunday, June 24 at 4:00, the adult choir and handbell choir will be teaming up to present a hymn festival, entitled: “With One Voice, A Celebration of Hymnody Through the Ages.”  This unique service will trace the development of hymns from the earliest chants to ecumenical favorites of today.  A church-wide dinner, hosted by the Missions Committee will follow in the gym.  Be sure to make plans now to join us!  

Annual Conference
Annual Conference will take place Tuesday, May 29—Thursday May 31 in Oklahoma City and our church will be well represented!  Our adult choir will be teaming up with the choir from St. Luke’s to sing for the Service of Commissioning and Ordination on Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00, at St. Luke’s Church.  This service is open to the public and you are invited to attend.  Finally, on Thursday, May 31, our own Rebecca Ahlgrim will be giving the opening prayer at the Worship Service of Sending Forth at the OCU Freede Center.  We look forward to this annual event celebrating the mission and ministry of our regional church!

Worship & Music Ministry Update
Transitions are all around us this month.  Scores of students in our church are graduating, the weather is getting warmer, and we as a church now enter the summer season.  Liturgically, we mark this transition—the end of Easter (yes, we were still celebrating that up until last Sunday!) and the beginning of Ordinary Time—with a celebration called Pentecost, which we will observe this Sunday.  Those of you with a keen eye will notice a few things will have changed in the sanctuary on Sunday: the white Easter cross will be gone, the Paschal Candle by the Baptismal Font will no longer burn, and our beautiful white altar cloth (called a parament) will be replaced with red paraments adorning the pulpit and lectern.  On Pentecost, we celebrate the Spirit descending on those early Christians as recorded in the Book of Acts.  Red symbolically reminds us of that first Pentecost and that the Holy Spirit is still moving and working through the church to transform the world.  I hope you’ll join us this Sunday for this important day!