This month at Sharon, we continue the Bicentennial celebration with a "Remembering the Past" service. The idea is to honor the cloud of witnesses that has come before us, and to acknowledge the steadfast love of the Lord that has sustained this group of believers in Moon Township for 200 years. However, it would be wrong to rest on our laurels- to be glad of what has passed without any thoughts of the present or future. God's presence endures. He still sustains this group of believers- right now.
Looking at the present, we can gratefully see His hand at work in the many ministries here; we can feel His loving hold on the happy remnant that remains after a few difficult years. We can experience His peace in our leadership, finances, and enthusiastic volunteer base; and we can know His care through the supportive prayers, words, and presence of our church family.
But what about the future? Some would say, "Trust God and don't worry about it." Definitely don't worry! But thinking about it is a wonderful thing: how can we prepare for our own future here, for the next generation of believers, for the next 200 years? The answer, we believe, is in the scripture above. God Himself puts a song in our mouths- He gives each of us a joy, a passion, that makes our very hearts sing. Why is that important for the future? Because these passions ARE our calling. God is good. He doesn't call us to drudgery in His Name! He gives us joy that we can take to others in His Name. In sharing our God-given gifts, we are a living, constant, vibrant presence of God's love in the world.
So what makes your heart sing? Do you love to sew? Make a warm blanket for a sick friend. Do you love to fish? Take someone with you for peaceful fellowship in God's creation. (Mark and Treva hope your passion is singing...) The possibilities are endless, highly individual, and effective, no matter what age, salary, health status, or any other limitations we perceive of ourselves. God can use your personal joy- a gift from Him in the first place- to bless others and draw them into His Kingdom, thereby sustaining communities like Sharon for centuries to come.
So go, listen to that song in your heart, and sing a song of praise to our God.
SDG, Mark and Treva
We invite anyone who would like to sing during the summer months to join our "pick up choirs." No rehearsals, commitments, or experience necessary. Just show up at 9:30 on these days, and sing along!
June 4 - Spirit Song
June 11 - Amazing Grace
July 16 - TBD
August 20 - A New Hymn Commissioned for the SCPC Bicentennial Celebration
Moving into the future, the Congregation can look forward to hearing:
The Chancel Choir, who will return for the Pentecost Service on June 4
Various solos and small groups over the Summer months
The Ringers of Sharon (Alumni group) on July 2, conducted by Dr. Bill Payn
Also, Mark and Treva invite anyone who would like to sing an old-time choir piece for the Old-Time Service on June 11, and a brand-new piece written exclusively to celebrate the Bicentennial, to be performed at the Bicentennial Celebration Service on August 20.
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