Sunday, August 30: the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The service opened with a July 21, 2019 recording of Jules Massenet’s “Meditation from Thais” beautifully performed by Mariya Potapova on violin and Patricia Black on piano.

Tom and Delaine Nelson gave the Welcome and Call to Worship, the Prayer of Confession, and Passing of the Peace from their home. We are grateful for your participation in the service, Tom and Delaine!

The anthem, taken from June 30 of 2019, was Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “O How Amiable,” was sung by the Chancel Choir under the direction of Michael Lancaster and accompanied by Angie Jenkins on pipe organ.

Pastor Curtis preached on “Trusting God Where We Must Go” based on a Scripture reading from Matthew 16:21-26.

A special blessing this week was brought by Jay Bowman, tenor, singing “How Great Thou Art” via video from home, accompanied by pianist Faith Garner. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jay and Faith for this beautiful addition to the worship service.

George Manning, First Presbyterian Elder for Membership, stepped up to the pulpit with a short update on the continuing suspension of in-person worship services in the sanctuary, necessitated by the ongoing pandemic and our governmental mandates. He emphasized the shortfall in the collection plate offerings due to the lack of seasonal visitors, and urged prayerful attention to our contributions to First Presbyterian. These continued offerings are critical in order that we may meet our operating budget and uphold the commitments we have made in supporting our various local, regional and worldwide missions.

Angie Jenkins brought the service to its conclusion with the Benediction hymn, “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” and the Postlude, “Fugue in C Major” by G.F. Handel/arr. Hal Hopson.

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