This Sunday included our monthly observance of the sacrament of Holy Communion, with the pastors taking the bread and cup and offering the litany to the viewing congregation, encouraging all to participate in the ceremony at home.
Although he could not be with us in person, trumpeter Larry Black featured prominently in today’s worship service. Recalling Fourth of July services from years past, we opened with a “Patriotic Medley” arranged by Don Phillips and performed by Larry Black and Angie Jenkins in 2018. The service closed with Larry on trumpet and Angie on organ, playing Phillips’ arrangement of “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.” The anthem, “Hands of God” by Michael Miller, was sung by our Chancel Choir on July 7, 2019.
Pastor Curtis’ sermon was based on a reading from Matthew 11, and was titled “The Peace of Jesus’ Yoke.” Pastor Emily offered prayers and assurances of pardon. Angie Jenkins played the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and the closing hymn, “God Be With You Til We Meet Again” on the pipe organ.
Scott McDuff again recorded the service for YouTube, incorporating the prerecorded music and accompanying photos from our past services and additional images evoking the beauty and grandeur of our country.