A New Doxology
Just as the United Methodist “Book of Discipline” serves as a rule and guide to our church polity, the “Book of Worship” is a resource that pastors and musicians within the denomination use to ensure that our worship services are theologically sound and consistently creative. One of the suggestions it makes is to periodically change service music to keep worship fresh and vibrant.
With that in mind, starting this Sunday and continuing until the fall, we’ll be singing a new song as the gifts from our offering are presented at the altar entitled “Bless Thou the Gifts” (UMH # 587). I fully realize that many of you have memorized our standard doxologies (aka “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”) and that this might be a minor shock to your musical system. So, at all three services, the choir or a cantor will be teaching it to you at the beginning of the service.
I pray that this slight but profound change will add a new dimension to our worship, and don’t worry, you’ll have this new one memorized in no time!
Don’t forget that 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. An all-church mission fundraiser dinner will follow in the gym. Dinner and a show—what more could you ask for!
Save the Dates!
Our Hymn Festival is only the beginning of our annual summer music series! Mark your calendars for the annual organ recital on Sunday, July 15 at 3:00, and our all-church concert/talent show on Sunday August 19 at 3:00. More details to follow!