Monday, April 8, 2013

An evening of music and praise

     Last evening we took Saint Augustine's advice and stormed heaven with our prayers - by singing, of course.  Saint Augustine is reputed to have said that "To sing is to pray twice." 

     Last evening on the Second Sunday of Easter our parish hosted an "EASTER CHOIR FESTIVAL".  We have hosted such events in the past, but it has been a few years since we did so.  It was great!  Those who came heard choirs from five different congregations plus a local group of Community Singers.  Interspersed were joyous Easter hymns and the finale was "The Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah, done by the combined group.  I know that we woke up the neighbors.

     We were joined by the Mon Yough Community Singers, the Choir from Christ United Methodist Church in Irwin, Circleville United Methodist Church Adult Choir and their Young People's group calling themselves Matchsticks of Circleville United Methodist, the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, our neighbor, Saint Agnes Church's Adult Choir and Joyful Noise Youth Choir, and our own Adult Choir, Young Voices Choir, Bell Ringers and instrumentalists (trumpets, flute, guitar, percussion, keyboard, bells, etc.).  Hearts were lifted, voices were raised, and God was praised in this wonderful Easter Season.  As I said to the group at the conclusion: "We have been blessed!  God's People have been blessed with this ministry of song!"

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