Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Sermon in Song

On Sunday evening, March 10, Church Street’s Chorister and Primary Choirs led the residents of Shannondale Retirement Center in worship and song.  The service was well attended and gratefully received by the Shannondale residents. 

Several of the choristers who take private lessons played their instruments as a prelude to the service.  Beckett Anderson, Alana Johnson and Isabella Johnson all played piano pieces that ranged from jazz to folk to classical.  Kara and Jackson McNutt played selections on the violin. Mary Elizabeth Cox and Sarah Grace Hollingsworth prepared a duet based on the folk song, “The Water is Wide.” Sam Kelso led the congregation on his guitar with an introduction and accompaniment for “Amazing Grace.” The postlude, a beautiful version of “Morning Has Broken,” was played by Carolyn Craig. 

The two Children’s Choirs sang a set of four anthems for the residents. It was a “sermon in song.”  They sang anthems appropriate to the Lenten Season, Create in Me a Clean Heart, and I am the Good Shepherd, in addition to Fairest Lord Jesus and Bless, O Lord, Us Thy Servants. Outreach to the community is an important aspect of a church music program.  As part of a choir, the children are learning to be leaders in worship and rehearsal, discovering their individual importance within a group, and sharing their gifts and talents with others. 

“Bless O Lord, us thy servants who minister in thy temple. Grant that what we sing with our lips we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts we may show forth in our lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”  RSCM Choristers Prayer

-Edie Johnson

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