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Posted June 26, 2018 By admin

Wow! The response to “Pick a Hymn” for the choir anthem during June, July and August has been fabulous. We have over 50 hymns in the box. Several of the hymns were put in by more than one person. Some are newer hymns that were first introduced in the With One Voice hymnal, and some are old Gospel favorites, which just goes to show you that good music is good music no matter its age!

Now obviously, there aren’t 50 Sundays between now and the end of August, but the list of favorites that we are building will help us in selecting hymns for future services; either as beginning, sermon and closing hymns or as Congregational hymns. This list also gives me a starting point for choosing choir anthems. There are a few of the hymns that we are not allowed to print words or music in the bulletin because of copyright laws, but there is sure to be an arrangement out there for our choir to sing.
Meanwhile, keep those favorites coming – we’ll leave the box in the Narthex through the last Sunday of July, so there’s still time to put your favorite (s) in there. A quick update on Children’s Choir practice for the summer; we will continue to meet before Sunday School in the Nave but will suspend the Sunday afternoon practices until after Labor Day. We do still plan on singing the Sunday following VBS (July 22nd), but the songs will be learned during VBS week and ALL children will be encouraged to participate, regardless of what grade they’re in. I look forward to seeing you
there!
Soli Deo Gloria,
Laurie

Vacation Bible School

Posted June 26, 2018 By admin

Game On!
Gearing up for Life’s Big Game!
The Playbook!

VBS 2018: 2 Peter 1:3 – “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness
through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
VBS Game Dates: Sunday, July 15 thru Thursday, July 19
VBS Game Schedule:

5:45 – 6:20 Pre-Game Meal
6:20 – 6:30 Team Introductions (Skit and Daily Theme)
6:30 – 8:00 Game – VBS

There are Teams (classes) for all ages – Nursery through Adults
There will be crafts, lessons, music and games

Summer Sermon Series

Posted May 30, 2018 By admin

On Sunday, June 3, Pastor David will begin a summer sermon series based on the Ten Commandments. Join us for worship this summer as we take a close look upon God’s expectations for His people, and the commandments that define God’s relationship with those who are saved by grace through faith in Christ.

From the Pastor

Posted May 30, 2018 By admin

One of the things I enjoy most about being at St. Jacob’s is that our congregation has a very high regard for the sacraments. Holy Baptism and Holy Communion are the means through which God personally, physically and spiritually imparts His grace upon us. I am a bit concerned; however, at the amount of consecrated wine that seems to be wasted each week. Most members probably don’t realize it, but the majority of wine used each week is poured out, especially on days we serve by intinction. This is due to the size and shape of our chalices. But even on days we serve by individual cups, there is still too much wine left over.

Jesus says of the bread and wine, “This is my body…this is my blood.” Therefore, we are bound by faith to handle these elements with the utmost care and reverence. I have been working with members of the Altar Guild to address the problem of wastefulness. We have discussed simple modifications to the way we dispense the bread and wine. I believe that soon we should be practicing better stewardship of the communion elements.

Vacation Bible School

Posted May 30, 2018 By admin

GAME ON is scheduled for July 15-19. We invite your kids to grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drum line, your players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook. He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another. Get in the spirit with Game On – Gearing Up for Life’s Big Game!

(2 Peter 1:3) Adults don’t forget we will also be having classes for you too, so Game On.

What is your favorite hymn?

Posted May 30, 2018 By admin

What is your favorite hymn? Haven’t heard it sung lately? Wish we’d sing it more often? Well, here’s your chance. This summer, we’d like to sing YOUR favorite hymns as anthems. Put the title of the hymn (or lyrics if you’re unsure of the title) into the box in the narthex. Then, one of the children will draw a hymn from the box and that hymn will be the anthem for the following Sunday. So don’t be shy – tell us those favorite hymns!

The Children’s Choir

Posted May 30, 2018 By admin

The Children’s Choir will practice on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month, from 5-6 pm, in the church. Also, we will continue to have a short, 10-minute music session at the beginning of Sunday School from 9:15 to 9:25 AM in the nave of the church, after which your children will be accompanied to their classrooms.

Worship and Music News

Posted May 30, 2018 By admin

I want to give a huge shout-out to the Children’s Choir! They are a fantastic group of young Christians (and believe me, they know how to spell that word!) and I am enjoying every minute I have with them.

To the congregation, thank you so much for your support of this ministry. To the parents and grandparents who bring the children to practice, thank you for encouraging them to participate. To those who have volunteered to assist at the practices, your presence is invaluable; it doesn’t just help me out, it also shows the children that you see the Children’s Choir as an important part of ministry at St. Jacob’s.

Just a reminder that you still have time to put your favorite hymn in the box in the Narthex. To fill all the anthem spots for June, July and August (except for Homecoming, which will have its own special music), we need 12 hymns! Hopefully, there will be more than 12 hymns in the box, in which case, we will use any remaining ones as communion hymns this fall. The box will be in the Narthex all summer, so you can drop a hymn in at any time.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Laurie

Worship and Music News

Posted May 1, 2018 By admin

Music speaks to our souls and can touch us
in unexpected ways during our lives. If you’re like
me, there are songs you grew up singing, songs that
had a deeper meaning to you than the mere words
on the page. Perhaps it was a song that you just
happened to hear or sing at a time when you needed
to be reminded of the truth written in those words.
This summer – from the first Sunday in June
through the 3rd Sunday in August, you have the
opportunity to choose what the choir sings for the
offertory anthem. We’d like to know your favorite
hymns: ones from old hymnals, spirituals, gospel
songs, children’s songs, camp songs – anything that
is appropriate for worship service.

There will be a box in the narthex along with
paper and pencils for you to write down those
favorites. You don’t have to look up a hymn number;
simply write the title of the hymn. If you aren’t sure
of the title, but know the lyrics to the refrain, write
that down. You don’t have to write your name on the
paper but please be aware that if there is any
difficulty in locating the hymn you requested, I would
not know who to contact for additional information.

Each summer Sunday, starting May 27th,
during the children’s sermon, one of the children will
draw a hymn out of the box. That hymn will be the
anthem on the following Sunday. And if there are
any members of the congregation who would like to
come to the choir loft during the sharing of the peace
to sing that hymn with the choir, this is your
invitation!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Laurie

What is your favorite hymn?

Posted April 30, 2018 By admin

Haven’t heard it sung lately? Wish we’d sing it more often? Well, here’s your chance. This summer, we’d like to sing YOUR favorite hymns as anthems. Put the title of the hymn (or lyrics if you’re unsure of the title) into the box in the narthex. Each week, starting on May 27th, one of the children will draw a hymn from the box and that hymn will be the anthem for the following Sunday. So don’t be shy – tell us those favorite hymns!