They have stopped me from playing the violin, but they cannot stop the music that plays inside my heart.
— Soviet martyr Georgy Slesarev

There is so much about last Sunday that is just awesome!  We started the day with Mike Tucker and our house bluegrass band playing and singing "Come and Dine."  It was such a joy to have Jordan back playing violin after a number of months away.  There was such joy as we were singing - and even though a number of our choir folks were out of town, the sound was great!  Pastor did a wonderful job with the message from 1st Samuel.  Then there was Sunday night.....oh my, what a thrill.  About 250 people joined us for a great Old Fashioned Singing and raised the roof with some great old songs of praise.  The choir was great - thank you, Clyde, for a beautiful job on "Old Tyme Church Medley."  Then the East Mountain Bluegrass Band thrilled our hearts - and I can honestly say I've never heard them play and sing any better than last Sunday night!  I want to say a word of thanks to Clay and Jeff for making the whole thing possible.  Their tireless work to get the microphones set and working just right was a tremendous blessing.  I can't say enough how much I appreciate the work these men do each Sunday with our sound reinforcement.

Fall is here, and so is your new music for fall.  Both choir and orchestra have music and cd's ready for our fall semester.  I hope you'll enjoy learning the new music and refreshing your memory on the old friends as much as I have this past week or so getting ready for the fall.  We'll get started right away as we will be introducing one of our new congregational songs, "Break Every Chain," this Sunday.  I think you'll also like "Great Are You Lord" (my new favorite) and the others as well.  It's such a blessing to be able to fill our homes, cars and lives with music that speaks about the glory of our Lord.  Join me in asking the Lord to do a marvelous work as we sing unto Him this fall.