At our 11:00 Worship this past week, children from our Celeste Choir joined with our Sanctuary Choir in the singing of "All God's Children by composer Sally Albrecht. The blending of voices and tunes in this piece served as a reminder of a couple of things in our life together.
First of all, our lives are so much richer when hands and hearts and voices of multiple ages are brought together. We already see how true this is in our Music Program, in Christian Education, and in our volunteer teams that support our worship life together. How many other opportunities might there be to develop mentoring programs, partnerships in service projects between youth and seniors, and incorporating our children and youth even more in worship leadership? Secondly, our children are not simply the future of the church but a very important part of our present, blessing us with their voices, enthusiasm, creativity, curiosity and love.
We look forward to bringing the generations together in a powerful way in worship as we gather to celebrate our 60th Anniversary as a congregation on Sunday October 27th @ 9:30 AM. (Only one service this day although there will still be a small gathering on Saturday evening @ 5 PM for those unable to attend the Anniversary Celebration) This day will include music from God's children of all ages, festive brass, a reunion of former staff, and Bishop Davenport from our Southeastern PA Synod as our guest preacher.
Please sign up for the light reception following worship this morning using the sheet on the narthex bulletin board or by contacting the church office. Also, begin to invite family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and former members for this very special day.
Thank you for your commitment to Christ, St. Andrew's Church, and our community. Between, some very moving moments in worship, a wonderful afternoon blessing animals, some fun youth events,great opportunities to help our neighbors in need, our small groups well underway for the fall, and confirmation starting last night, we are off to a great year in mission. Thank you for your support and your prayers. See you in church!
Grace and peace,