Musical worship in July highlights the Beatitudes in both Grace Vision and Traditional services. As our pastors unpack these beneficial verses from the Gospel of Matthew in an 8 week Sermon Series, our hymns and songs will help us to go deeper in our understanding of them. “I Need Thee Every Hour” reminds us of our own spiritual bankruptcy (“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”) “Make Me a Servant” reminds us of the blessedness of meekness and humility. In Grace Vision, the song “Beautiful Things” reminds us of the rebirth that ultimately comes from times of mourning. “You make beautiful things out of the dust,” the chorus says. “You make beautiful things out of us.”
In Traditional Worship, we will be blessed with special music from members of our congregation as the Chancel Choir takes several Sundays off. On June 25, Paul West and Max Mobley will share their talents with us. July will include vocal solos by Susan Day and Jim Briley. On a special note, we also welcome staff accompanist Russell Williams back from his time on the Appalachian Trail. The Chancel Choir will return to singing in worship on July 23.
Summer is filled with longer days, replete with sunny hours along the shorelines of oceans and lakes. I hope that these hymns and songs of comfort and rebirth can shed a different kind of light on the Beatitudes, and that each of us can carry that light with us in our travels both near and far.
Karen Marrolli, DMA
Director of Music Ministries