Dear Singing Friends,
January holds important opportunities for us to use our voices to promote peace. Jesus' last prayer on earth was for his followers to "be as one" (John 17). Our singing is an artistic embodiment of true fellowship, and a living demonstration of the very unity that Jesus longed for. Would you join us in using our choral art to promote peace in our community and friendship among our churches?
We warmly invite you to begin the new year in a spirit of Christian friendship by participating in a collaborative choir on two dates. Gary Methodist Church will host a Martin Luther King Memorial Service on January 16, and an ecumenical Prayer for Christian Unity Service on January 28. There is no charge for either event, and everyone is welcome.
We will gather for one rehearsal on the day of each service. Singers are welcome to sign up for both services or for just one date. Each rehearsal begins one hour before the service in the Sanctuary. We encourage singers to eat a light meal before arriving. Jennifer will direct the collaborative choir.
Monday, January 16, Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Peace Choir rehearses at 5:30 p.m. The service is 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This annual event sponsored by the DuPage AME Church and Second Baptist Church welcomes people of all races, faith traditions, ethnic backgrounds, and economic classes, along with public, educational, business, and religious leaders, to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this national holiday.
Saturday, January 28, Prayer for Christian Unity Service
The Peace Choir rehearses at 6:00 p.m. The service is 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ACT3 Network and the Chicago Focolare jointly sponsor this unique prayer service for Christian unity, hosted by Gary Methodist Church.
The Peace Choir will lead the congregation in worship through presenting a piece of choral music, " In Meeting We Are Blessed, " by Troy Robertson, with text by R. Gatsnahos and John Donne. You will enjoy this inspiring and singable piece. We will sing a cappella, with only djembe accompaniment.
You may listen to it here: http://listeninglab.stantons.com/title/in-meeting-we-are-blessed/504746/
Please contact Jennifer Whiting to register, or to obtain more information ( ; 630-668-3100, ext. 106).
In the ecumenical spirit of these events, a collaborative choir is a powerful symbol of our unity in faith —a true picture of the Body of Christ! Please consider adding your voice to this expression of musical and spiritual harmony.
Peace to you in the New Year! Jennifer Whiting
When we stand in front of a congregation and open our mouths to sing, we are inviting everyone
to feel what we feel,
to think about what we think,
to praise the God that we praise,
to pray the prayer that we pray,
to know the comfort that we know,
to trust the promises that we trust,
and to love the Savior that we love.
This is the substance of our ministry. This is our heart, and this is our calling! We invite everyone who loves the Lord and who loves to sing to share in this ministry with us.
In addition to Chancel Choir, there are many other vocal groups and handbell ensembles for all ages and all levels of musicianship. There is a music group for YOU! Please let us know how we may help you connect to one of our bell ensembles or vocal choirs, or how you may serve by playing your instrument in worship. Contact Jennifer Whiting or call upon one of our Music Directors.
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