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As I anticipate cooler weather in October (fingers crossed), I also look forward to the choir’s return! We will have rehearsals on Sundays at 9am, beginning Sunday, October 3. Masks are optional. (Due to the longer Sunday morning rehearsal, we will have no Wednesday evening rehearsals at this time.)

I also look forward to a couple of my favorite special services of the church year: World Communion Sunday and Reformation Sunday. World Communion Sunday is observed each year on the first Sunday of October, this year on October 3rd; at this service, we acknowledge our unity with Christians around the world as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Reformation Sunday, October 31st, celebrates our Protestant and Reformed history: we will have the Scottish tartans set up around the sanctuary to commemorate the heritage of the PCUSA denomination, and we will welcome back bagpiper Tim Akins and enjoy his special music. We will also commemorate All Saints’ Day during this service by reading the necrology for the year and ringing a bell in honor of each departed saint.

Advent is quickly approaching, and the choir and band will begin rehearsal for the Christmas cantata this month as well. This year’s cantata is called One Small Child and is written and arranged by Benjamin Harlan. One Small Child combines beloved contemporary worship songs with favorite carols for an unforgettable Christmas celebration. The evocative title song is used as a recurring theme which ties the work together.

If you are interested in participating in music ministry in any capacity at First Presbyterian Church, please feel free to call me in the church office at (386) 752-0670 or email me at

“Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what GOD has done!” -Psalm 9:11

By Tim Redding, Music Director / Worship Coordinator

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