Touché May 29, 2015
Posted on May 29, 2015 by under Touché, Worship,

A Music Sunday for the Ages and All Ages

“…but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” (Ephesians 5:18b-20)

Paul settled the worship wars in Ephesus many years ago.  He encouraged praise to God be done in every style that he could think of: in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  This Sunday at both Gatherings and Foundations we will worship in the tradition of Paul.  Music Sunday will have the Chancel Choir in Gatherings and Breaking the Silence in Foundations.  We will use screen and bulletin in both and HRC will be united with one voice in praise to God.  It is a vision come true for a church that has been “all things to all people in order that we might win some” in our worship styles.

I am very thankful for the vision of Kate Valdivia and the worship team in putting this worship together.  I remember a shut-in who watched our service on T.V. who asked me if HRC still has a choir.  She only saw Gatherings as that was the only service that we had people to record. (Since then we have gotten some volunteers to record Foundations)  I thought that her experience is the experience for many who have not traveled between our three on-site services, this week the three services will come to you.

Kate Valdivia has been a great gift to us in her first year of ministry here.  She will direct the Chancel Choir and the Chorale Choir as they will give us the gift of those Psalms and Hymns that form the foundation of our tradition.

Bells of Praise, led by Edwina Pratt, will play.  If you have not heard them in a while you will be greatly blessed.  They have expanded and improved in dramatic ways and you can close your eyes and feel transported in the throne room of heaven for the moments that their pure, clean praise is lifted up.

Glory Bound, our lead band for Gatherings, led by Linda Smith and Tony Congi, will lead us in spiritual songs that have transformed the worship of the church and our church in a more contemporary way.

Breaking the Silence, led by Lynette Jee, leads worship in our Recharge service.  They are singing the songs of the next generation of worship and they do it in a way that has developed with great dynamics and passion.


There will be combined anthems with all the groups and hymns and spiritual songs we all will sing.  Wes Joseph, our excellent organist, and Greg Lofaro will close the service with a Handel piece for flute and organ. It will be a day to thank our gracious God for the gift and beauty of music and to thank our musicians for leading us, in many ways, to praise that God.  It will be a day for the ages and all ages.