Those in worship on the morning of Sunday, December 16 were truly blessed by the lovely presentation of the Christmas cantata, “Christmas Presence: A Gathering of Hope, Peace and Love.” The Laurel Choir, under the direction of David Clatterbuck, sang eight choral pieces that recalled the mystery and miracle of Jesus’ birth. These included the moving, “Still They Are Here,” which reminded us of the warmth that remains in our hearts for those no longer with us at this holy season. The choir sang this year to a recorded soundtrack which incorporated beautiful instrumentation into the performance: special thanks to Steve Scearce for making the sound just right. The worship service was followed by a delicious reception in the Fellowship Hall. Many thanks to David, our choir and some special friends of the choir for so wonderfully reminding us once again of “the reason for the season.” Go to facebook.com/laurelpresbyterian to view a video of one o the songs.
Join us for this annual hour of inspiration and blessing at this holy season! This year our choir will sing “Christmas Presence: A Gathering of Hope, Peace and Love.” It all begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, December 16. Please stay for the reception following worship in the Fellowship Hall.
Join us this coming Sunday, December 9 for our monthly opportunity for anyone in the worshipping congregation to become a preacher! Pastor Mark will lead us in a discussion this month of Matthew 1 where the birth of Jesus is described according to the viewpoint of the Gospel-writer Matthew. There are some distinct differences from the depiction in Luke, and we’ll travel back a few centuries in our minds seeking to discern Matthew’s purpose in his version. No dumb questions or comments… only the Holy Spirit speaking through each and every one of us. Download the notes here to learn more!
Join us in worship this coming Sunday, November 11, as we discuss a passage from the Bible seeking to discern God’s will as interpreted by a number of voices. The focus of our exploration will be Micah 6:8 where we find a classic and challenging answer to the question: “What does God require of me?” In our Second Sunday discussions, there are no dumb answers or question — all participation is valued! Click on the graphic below and download a couple pages of background materials in preparation.
SINGSPIRATION PROVES INSPIRING! On Sunday, November 4, Laurel hosted the choirs of Lakeside Methodist and Skipwith Baptist Churches in a choral extravaganza of inspiring and delightful music. The sanctuary was filled almost to capacity with an enthusiastic crowd that not only liked to listen to great singing but enjoyed singing robustly to the several hymns we sang as a congregation. The three choirs led, respectively by David Clatterbuck (Laurel), Rick Tinsley (Skipwith Baptist) and Jeanne Bluford (Lakeside Methodist) each sang three of their favorite anthems and then joined together in a chorus of “Here I am, Lord” led by David. Pastor Mark led the congregational singing and gave the concluding benediction. The choral event was followed by a lovely reception in the Fellowship Hall with delicious foods and spectacular decorations by Mary Jane Bowlin. Our thanks to David for his orchestration of the event and to our choir members and friends for staging this wonderful community gathering.
“Inspired Singing,” that’s the promise this coming Sunday at 4:00 pm as the Laurel Choir is joined by choirs from Lakeside Methodist and Skipwith Baptist Churches in an hour of moving choral music. Each choir will sing their own favorite anthems, and then the three choirs will come together as a glorious ensemble of praise! In addition, the congregation will also get to a chanced to lift up its voice as we take requests for favorite hymns. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite family and friends to Laurel. The singing will be followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.” Come early for a good seat!