Sunday’s Sing-A-Long service was a great hit with all of the special music and congregation participation. I will just give you a small idea of the contents of the service.
This was a combination service with the Trinity Church people attending. It is always great when we can get together for fellowship.
We started with the singing of “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. “There is no shadow of turning with thee; thow changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; as thow hast been, thow forever wilt be.”
The call to Worship was next: We come to worship God, sing God’s praises, celebrate God’s salvation, hear God’s word and seek God’s will.
We sang the great hymn “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”. “Thow reignest in glory, thow dwellest in light; thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight; all laud we would render, O help us to see, ‘tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.”
Psalm 98 was the scripture, read by John Ceynowa. “7Let the sea roar and the fullness there of, the world and they that dwell therein. 8Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills be joyful together 9Before the Lord; for he comes to judge the earth; with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.”
Smiles make us feel good. When you meet people with a smile, they know nothing is wrong. A smile is a response to a real joy. When we think about God’s greatest gift to us, we smile. God gave the world His Son as part of His plan. Jesus is our Savior, saving us from sin. Why are we happy? Our joy is rooted in the forgiveness of our sins by God. God is not finished with us or His creation. Smile, you belong to God!
A large group of “Young Disciples”, led by Laura Lewis sang “A Song for Humanity.” Thanks to Laura and Don for all that they do.
“My Hope is Built” was sung as the Offertory and “Blessed Assurance” was sung in Response to the Offering.
David Vater sang “He”. “He” is the greatest and David sings it so beautifully.
The Art Men’s Choir sang “Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know”. These mem are so dedicated and talented, and travel wherever they are needed. And Pastor John is a tremendous addition to the group.
“He Keeps Me Singing” was selected from the Cokesbury Hymnal. “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. Sweetest name I know. Fills my every longing. Keeps me singing as I go.”
Another Cokesbury selection was “The Lily of the Valley”.
Rev. John Alsbrooks provided the special music of the day. He sang “How Long Has It Been?” He reminded us to pray daily and often and he did it a great way. Thanks, Pastor.
Every musical special at Art has to include Alma Leifeste’s verse of “The Church near Willow Creek”. It brings so many memories to our hearts.
Our last hymn was the “Hymn of Promise”, a beautiful hymn about life, death and eternal life.
And Thanks to Maria Mutis and Nancy for playing “Ave Maria” to end the service.
We were really happy to see Dylan and Caleb We were happy to see Bill and Monica and their family but will truly miss them as they move to Alpine.
Our sincere condolences go to the Hoerster family as they grieve the death of Jane. We have many pleasant memories of her and her family.
Please pray for the Christians in Iraq and also for the country of Israel. These people need our love and support.
Pray for Caroline Jordan, Mark Durst and Marge Boyd and the world.