Sunday Preview: September 14, 2014

At both of our traditional services, the music will focus on the scriptural themes of mercy and forgiveness, not only given to us by God, but expected from us for others. Both the New Covenant Choir and the Chancel Choir will sing arrangements of "There's a Wideness in God's Mercy," reminding us that "There is welcome for the sinner, and more graces for the good; there is mercy with the Savior; there is healing in his blood."

Hymns in our traditional worship servies at 8:30am and 11am this Sunday will include "The Church's One Foundation", Blest Be the Tie That Binds" and Charles Wesley's hymn "Jesus, United by Thy Grace". In addition, at 11am we will sing the recent hymn "Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive" [DETROIT hymn tune] in response to the emphasis on mutual forgiveness in the day's sermon and Gospel lesson. 

All instrumental music at 8:30am and the opening voluntary at 11am will be played by trombonist Sean Devlin; additional musical support at 8:30am will be given by Jeannine Bailer and Marilyn Blaylock in Mark Schweizer's short anthem on the text "There's a Wideness in God's Mercy" set to an early American tune, and at 11am, Betty Mooney will assist with accompaniment of the Offertory Anthem, a setting of the same text by David Ashley White. The closing organ voluntary at 11am will be an anonymous short fanfare for trumpet stops.