Singing is an act of obedience; we gather and sing because we’re called to.
— Keith Getty

Way to go choir!  I'm still thinking about that last "it makes me wanna shout!" from the anthem "When I Think About the Lord" last Sunday.  What a great job - even with my bumpy start.  I watched as the truth of what you were singing took expression on your faces and in your voices.....and it blessed my heart!  Thank you again for your faithfulness in sharing.

Mother's Day is this Sunday, and we'll begin the day with the orchestra playing "Days of Elijah."  After we sing our opening song set, the choir and orchestra will join Jennifer in sharing our new arrangement of the great childrens song "Jesus Loves Me."  I have told you on many occasions that I strongly believe that the church needs the full spectrum of songs to proclaim His glory, to encourage one another and to teach the greatness of the nature and character of God.  We need theological treatises like "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God."  But we also need simple songs with simple truths that become a part of who we are.  "For the Bible tells me so" and "they are weak, but He is strong" are great examples of this.  I hope you'll join me Wednesday night in preparing to make this song a high point in our worship next Sunday.

No rehearsals next Wednesday, May 17.  I'm going to take the opportunity to go on a short trip with my dad and spend some time with him May 17-20.  I'd appreciate your prayers for safety and well being as we travel.

Worship is our response to the overture of love from the heart of the Father.
— Richard Foster

I want to echo what the pastor has already said as I look back over the past couple of weeks and the way our church has risen to the occasion in ministry to families in crisis.  It was more than a blessing to me to see how the church came together to care for the Collins family.  The memorial service for Marion was a great time of worship and remembering, and the days before and after have been times of sharing and caring.  Thank you so much!  We have more opportunities this week as other church members will be laying to rest family members....and I have no doubt that our church will take care of every need as you always do.

Thanks so much for the great start to the service last Sunday, Choir!  Clyde did an outstanding job on the solo and the choir brought it singing "I'll Put On A Crown."  This Sunday, we'll begin the day with the orchestra playing "He Lives."  I think you're going to love this new song from our orchestra.  Also, Jennifer will be sharing a great song by Meredith Andrews called "The Gospel Changes Everything."  We'll be observing the Lord's Supper in our morning service this week as well.  Come ready to experience the grace of our Lord anew and afresh.

New music and new demo cd's are ready!  The music that we'll be doing from May through August is available - get a cd and start listening to the great songs we'll be sharing over the next few months.  There are three cd's on the table in the choir room:  Orchestra Summer '17, Choir Summer '17 and also a disk with 5 new songs for Praise and Worship that we'll be introducing to the congregation.  Get yours this week!

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.
— Martin Luther

Wow, what a Resurrection Celebration that was!  I could never thank you enough for the way you ministered this past Sunday as you sang and played.  It was such a joy to see the church engaged in worship as we sang to our Risen Lord.  It was such a blessing to both see and hear the choir share with such passion.  It was a thrill to my heart to hear Jennifer sing, "But on that day....."  To witness baptism, to hear the message of the resurrection clearly preached - what a great day it was!

We are beginning our post-Easter/summer semester for choir and orchestra this week.  We are busy right now working on the schedule and setting the songs that we'll be singing and playing over the next four months.  Next Wednesday, we'll introduce the new music and schedule for May-August 2017.  I'm excited about the new music as well as some old friends that we'll be singing and playing in the coming weeks.  Let me encourage you to keep on doing what you're doing....make it a priority to join us each Wednesday night for rehearsal worship and fellowship.  This would be a great time to invite someone to come with you!

Next Sunday we'll begin the Lord's Day with the choir singing "I'll Put On A Crown."  Clyde will sing the solo and we'll fill in the blanks!  Can't wait to worship with you this Sunday!