Happy weekend, everyone! I hope yours is filled with ☼ and ☺ ☺ (smiles).
How was your 4th of July? The Lord gave us a wonderful 4th of July weekend, and we would like to share with you some of its highlights. It was an exciting weekend and will probably be covered in more than one post.
It started out with Old Fashioned Sunday at church. Our church was able to honour a young man from a nearby city that had given his life for our freedom while serving our country in Afghanistan. During the first meeting on Sunday, the Armed Forces Medley was played. Those who had served our country or are presently serving our country stood when the song was played for their branch of the armed forces. Here is a sound clip of the armed forces medley as played by our orchestra and sung by our choir. Just click on it to play or right click and open in new window or new tab.
After this, the whole congregation stood and saluted the flag and recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the first verse of the Star Spangled Banner.
There was a lot of special, wonderful music. I'll share a few of these with you. One of my favorites is the first one below, The Statue of Liberty (not sure what the real name is). May these be a blessing to you.
Another of my favorites.
The last song on here is not as loud as the others, so I hope you are able to hear it. It has a special significance, however. It was sung by a young man from our church who will be leaving soon for Afghanistan. As you listen, please remember to pray for this young man, Josiah, that God will keep him pure and protect him and bless him. Please pray for his family as well. Though the song was not sung with a lot of volume, it was sung with much feeling and touched our hearts. May it touch yours as well.
No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus:
Following the morning service, there was dinner on the grounds, and then another meeting. After the second meeting, our friend, Sara got out her bagpipes and played "Amazing Grace." I did get a video of it, but the video is quite large, so I will just post a picture. Sara is working hard to learn the bagpipes, and it is her desire to use this skill to honor her Lord.