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Today at Pender

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Please join us at our 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 worship services this Sunday, August 3rd, as we return to a part of our heritage as Methodists, the Campmeeting.

It will be a time to sing the old hymns, enjoy the upbeat worship and hear a sermon series based on the importance of “Revival.”

At the 8:15 & 11:00 Worship Services, Pastor Kenny will be preaching on “Why Revival?”(Psalm 85) Why do we need revival in the saints’ life? Why do we need revival in our community and in our world? Revival is a new move of God revealing His grace and power among us. Let’s see why we need that this Sunday.

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At our 9:30 Common Ground Worship Service, RevKev will be preaching on the “Stories of Jesus: More than Enough.” (Matthew 14:13-21)

Click on this link to find out more information about our upcoming sermons.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Also on Sunday:

  • August 3: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • August 3: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • August 3: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Condiments
    • 46 oz. bottles of oil, fruit juices, plastic bags and egg cartons are always needed and welcome too!
  • Donations can be left in the blue grocery cart in the coat rack section.
  • August 3: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 158 sermons available.  More information
  • August 3: Sunday School Classes.  Read the brochure
  • August 3: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • August 3: Beginner’s Bible Study, 9:30-10:40 am for 12 weeks
  • August 3: Disciple II Bible Study, 4:00 pm
  • August 3: Sing ‘N’ Celebrate, 7:00 pm More information

 

 
 

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Sunday at Pender

campmeeting-featured

 

Please join us at our 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 worship services this Sunday, August 3rd, as we return to a part of our heritage as Methodists, the Campmeeting.

It will be a time to sing the old hymns, enjoy the upbeat worship and hear a sermon series based on the importance of “Revival.”

At the 8:15 & 11:00 Worship Services, Pastor Kenny will be preaching on “Why Revival?” (Psalm 85) Why do we need revival in the saints’ life? Why do we need revival in our community and in our world? Revival is a new move of God revealing His grace and power among us. Let’s see why we need that this Sunday.

Jesus-feature

At our 9:30 Common Ground Worship Service, RevKev will be preaching on the “Stories of Jesus: More than Enough.” (Matthew 14:13-21)

Click on this link to find out more information about our upcoming sermons.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Also on Sunday:

  • August 3: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • August 3: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • August 3: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Condiments
    • 46 oz. bottles of oil, fruit juices, plastic bags and egg cartons are always needed and welcome too!
  • Donations can be left in the blue grocery cart in the coat rack section.
  • August 3: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 158 sermons available.  More information
  • August 3: Sunday School Classes.  Read the brochure
  • August 3: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • August 3: Beginner’s Bible Study, 9:30-10:40 am for 12 weeks
  • August 3: Disciple II Bible Study, 4:00 pm
  • August 3: Sing ‘N’ Celebrate, 7:00 pm More information
 
 

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‘My Eternal King’ launched top Methodist composer

jane-marshall-piano From 17th Century Latin, translated by Rev. Edward Caswall; set to music by Jane Marshall “My God, I love Thee; not because I hope for heav’n thereby, Nor yet because who love Thee not Must die eternally. Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me Upon the cross embrace; For me didst bear the nails, the nails and spear, And manifold disgrace. Why, then why, O blessed Jesus Christ, Should I not love Thee well? Not for the hope of winning heav’n, Or of escaping hell; Not with the hope of gaining aught, Not seeking a reward; But as Thyself hast loved me, O ever-loving Lord! E’en so I love Thee, and will love, And in Thy praise will sing; Solely because Thou art my God, And my Eternal King.”   http://youtu.be/AtvJ4gk9MrM The video above is of My Eternal King as sung by the Reunion Choir of current and former choir members at the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Reynolds Associates III manual/54 rank pipe organ at Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. David Morton directs, with Schuyler Brinson at the organ console. ~~~~~

By Sam Hodges July 9, 2014 | DALLAS (UMNS)

Jane Marshall’s name may not be known to people in the pews, but in the choir loft it’s another story.At 89, the Dallas resident is revered by music ministers and choir members for her anthems, hymns and other sacred music compositions.“She’s the consummate Methodist composer of my time,” said the Rev. Carlton Young, editor of The United Methodist Hymnal. One anthem launched Marshall  “My Eternal King.” It was her first, and she wrote it as a 26-year-old homemaker, singing alto in the Highland Park Methodist Church choir. “I just decided to do it,” Marshall recalled at the North Dallas home she shares with husband Elbert Marshall, a retired Texas Instruments engineer. This month (July 2014) marks the 60th anniversary of the anthem’s publication in sheet music. Not only does “My Eternal King” remain in print, it’s a staple for many churches across denominations. “That’s a classic. We’ve done it a million times,” said Sid Davis, director of music and fine arts at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston. “It’s kind of in our back pocket. … It’s in our DNA.” Meditative at the start, soaring to triple fortissimo at the end, encompassing a range of tone colors and sumptuous harmonies, “My Eternal King” evokes testimonials not just from music ministers, but from fellow composers. “I wish I’d written it,” said Alice Parker, famous in choral circles for her own works as well as collaborations with the legendary choral director Robert Shaw. “It meets my ideal in every way.” While it’s true that Marshall had no record as a sacred music composer when she wrote “My Eternal King,” she didn’t come unprepared.

Raising the roof

As a small child, attending a Presbyterian church, she stood on the pew and conducted along with the choir director. Marshall’s mother played hymns on the piano and soon had her taking piano with one of Dallas’ top teachers. “Hazel Cobb,” Marshall said. “Boy, was she good. I knew my theory because of her. She encouraged me to practice, which I didn’t want to do because I was lazy, and she said so. But thank goodness I had her.” Marshall was Jane Manton then, and recalls that her family loved words as much as music. She and Elbert met in Latin class at Highland Park Junior High, where she sat one seat ahead of him (“Pulled my hair,” she said); and at Highland Park High School they sang together in Gilbert and Sullivan productions. Also in her teen years, Marshall first tried writing music. She went on scholarship to Dallas’ Southern Methodist University, majoring in music and minoring in organ. She and Elbert married in 1946. By early 1952, they had a toddler daughter, the first of three children, and were singing in the Highland Park Methodist Church Chancel Choir. Neither she nor Elbert recalls many details about her writing of “My Eternal King.” But she chose as its text the Rev. Edward Caswall’s translation of an anonymous 17th century Latin poem. The Caswall translation was in both the Presbyterian and Methodist hymnals of Marshall’s youth. It begins, “My God, I love thee.” Marshall’s music, after establishing the mood with an organ solo, follows the poem’s intensely devotional response to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. When she took the anthem to the Highland Park Methodist Choir director, Federal Lee Whittlesey, he wanted to do it. But Marshall had no name for it, and Whittlesey himself was perplexed. “Lee didn’t know what the title should be because the normal titles use the first lines, and he didn’t want to call it ‘My God, I love thee,’” Elbert Marshall said. “Thought it was cussing,” Jane said. “Yes, so he called it ‘A Spiritual Contemplation,’” Elbert said. “Sounds like something a banker would come up with,” Jane said. The back page of the March 20, 1952 edition of the Highland Park Methodist newsletter carried a 44-word item noting that the following Sunday, March 23, the Chancel Choir would sing the premiere of “A Spiritual Contemplation.” Raymond Jerome, an 80-year-old retired physician, was then a student singing with the choir. He recalls how surprised everyone was to learn Marshall had written an anthem. That quickly faded. “We were spellbound as we first rehearsed it,” he said. Jerome remembers a gathering excitement, culminating in a first performance — conducted by Jane in which the choir sang with near roof-lifting force at the end.

Getting published

Whittlesey had a contact on the editorial board at Carl Fischer Music company in New York, and sent Marshall’s anthem there. “They didn’t want to publish it because they thought she was just a flash in the pan,” Elbert Marshall recalled. “They said, ‘We’ll publish it if she writes something else.’ So she wrote ‘None Other Lamb.’” Carl Fischer brought out sheet music for “My Eternal King,” renamed for its concluding words, and “None Other Lamb” on July 13, 1954. While the company doesn’t share sales figures, a spokeswoman said “My Eternal King” ranks among its top 15 best-selling anthems of all time. The firm has been going since 1872. A 1976 Dallas Morning News feature on Marshall reported without attribution that “My Eternal King” had sold “hundreds of thousands” of sheet music copies. The Marshalls say they never kept track. While Elbert was the breadwinner, Jane’s royalties on “My Eternal King” didn’t hurt. “It’s paid for a lot of things,” she said.

Long, varied ministry

If Marshall ever lacked confidence, she certainly had it after “My Eternal King.” Philip Baker remembers a story about Whittlesey bringing in a new piece for the Highland Park Methodist choir to try. “It was a light little anthem, kind of a happy thing for church, but a little simplistic,” said Baker, who would later lead the choir. “Jane came up to Whittlesey and said, ‘It’s good to see new stuff, but I can do better than that.’” As the story goes, Marshall went home that night and began to write “Awake My Heart,” perhaps her second-best-known anthem. It won the American Guild of Organists’ 1957 anthem prize. Marshall would compose such enduringly popular works as “He Comes to Us” (inspired by the conclusion of Albert Schweitzer’s book “The Quest for the Historical Jesus”), “Fanfare for Easter” and the hymn, “What Gift Can We Bring,” for which she wrote words and music. She has composed entire books of church music for children, and is one of the best-represented contemporary writers in The United Methodist Hymnal, thanks to her settings of the Psalms. Evidence of Marshall’s breadth of appeal is that she’s been honored by the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference, while also having a work in a British Unitarians’ hymnal. Writing music has been just part of Marshall’s ministry. She served as choir director at Dallas’ Northaven United Methodist Church in its early years. From 1975 to 2010, she led the summer Church Music Summer School at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. “She was working with conservatory graduates and people who’d never given a downbeat,” said the Rev. John Thornburg, a frequent hymn-writing collaborator of Marshall’s. “You can see her influence on a whole generation of church musicians.” One is Taylor Davis, a popular composer and director of music and worship arts at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. In his early years, he used to take her his compositions-in-progress. “I can hear Jane as I write, asking questions like, ‘Isn’t there a better chord you could use there?’” he said. Throughout Marshall’s long, varied career — which includes writing “Grace, Noted,” a book of sermons and essays on music-making — “My Eternal King” has been the reference point. “Scarcely a month goes by before someone pulls me aside to say, ‘We just sang your mother’s anthem in church last week.’ It’s most often ‘My Eternal King,’” said Peter Marshall, her youngest child and a keyboardist for the Atlanta Symphony. The anthem is sung throughout the year in worship services, and is a favorite at Easter. As people who grew up with it die off, it’s increasingly a choice for funerals and memorial services. Peter Marshall played it on the piano last year for Sue Fowler, his aunt and Jane’s sister, at her request as she spent her last days in hospice care.

‘Gateway anthem’

Some Marshall fans, including son Peter, say that while they admire “My Eternal King,” it is not their favorite of her compositions. “My Eternal King” is, in fact, representative of the big-sound, mid-century Protestant anthem — a style Marshall moved away from. But Sterling Procter sees “My Eternal King” as timeless, and struggles for words to convey its importance to him. He encountered the anthem as a teen singing in a church choir in Dallas. He was so captivated that he learned to play it on the piano, though that wasn’t his instrument. Procter would go on to a long career playing French horn in the Fort Worth Symphony, while also leading brass ensembles and composing and arranging music. He’s still smitten with “My Eternal King.” “I don’t think I write a single piece of music that’s not influenced by something in that brief anthem,” he said. “I would call it a gateway anthem. It’s a portal for musicians and parishioners alike to get drawn in by the power of music.” Told recently of Procter’s endorsement, Marshall did not swell with pride. Whatever vanity she has, she hides. (She also lacks pretension. Carlton Young recalls first meeting her decades ago at SMU, when her star was on the rise. “Howdy!” she greeted him.) But Marshall grows animated when hearing about others’ success in traditional church music. She recently got such a report from Thornburg, who came along to help with an interview. He told her the First United Methodist of Church of Dallas Chancel Choir had sung at the North Texas (annual) Conference, earning ovations. “Hooray!” Marshall cried. Many — if not the composer herself — would say the same about the long life of “My Eternal King.” Hodges, a United Methodist News Service writer, lives in Dallas. Contact him at (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org From http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/my-eternal-king-launched-top-methodist-composer

 

 

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Hymn History: We’ll Understand It Better By and By

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We are tossed and driven
on the restless sea of time;
somber skies and howling tempests
oft succeed a bright sunshine;
in that land of perfect day,
when the mists have rolled away,
we will understand it better by and by.

Charles Albert Tindley (July 7, 1851 – July 26, 1933) was an American Methodist minister and gospel music composer.

Often referred to as “The Prince of Preachers”, he educated himself, became a minister and founded one of the largest Methodist congregations serving the African-American community on the East Coast of the United States.

He was one of the eminent preachers of Methodism at the turn of the twentieth century. Hymnologist James Abbington has called Tindley a “pastor, orator, poet, writer, theologian, social activist, ‘father of African American Hymnody,’ ‘progenitor of African American gospel music’ and ‘prince of preachers.'”

The Rev. Carlton Young notes “We’ll Understand It Better By and By” was “one of eight hymns . . . written during a difficult period in Tindley’s life.”

One can imagine Tindley using this song to punctuate his sermons, offering hope to those assembled not only through exegesis of the biblical text, but also through a lyrical sung theology.

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From “The Lawrence Welk Show,” Gail, Rod, and Michael are featured in this great Gospel song found in the United Methodist Hymnal (page 525). Join with them in song as they encourage every Christian: “WE’LL UNDERSTAND IT BETTER BY AND BY”

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2014 in hymns, Videos, Webmaster posts

 

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Don’t Forget to Change Your Clocks Tonight!

2014 Day Light Savings

Daylight Savings time begins again!

On Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:00:00 AM (or earlier!) clocks are turned forward 1 hour to become Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:00:00 AM

Daylight Savings TIme is not just a way to annoy us when we want to sleep in on Sundays.  The modern idea of daylight saving was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and it was first implemented during the First World War.

Although most of the United States used DST throughout the 1950s and 1960s, DST use expanded following the 1970s energy crisis and has generally remained in use in North America and Europe since that time.

Everybody sing along…

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Image above from http://www.gbod.org/planning-calendar/daylight-savings-time

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2014 in Pender UMC, Posts of Interest

 

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Inclement Weather!

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Due to the inclement weather, all activities scheduled for Monday, March 3rd, at Pender United Methodist Church are cancelled.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC

 

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March 2: Transfiguration Sunday

Transfiguration Sunday:  Why Do We Celebrate It Before Lent?

The background of this question lies in the differing practices of Christians in North America. United Methodists and many other denominations schedule the observance of the Transfiguration on the Sunday before Lent.

Why does the celebration of the Transfiguration take place just before Lent in United Methodist and other denominations that follow The Revised Common Lectionary?

The Book of Common Prayer collect for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany suggests why the Transfiguration of Our Lord is celebrated when it is:

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.(Book of Common Prayer according to the use of the Episcopal Church, 1979, page 217. Book of Common Prayer is public domain material and is used here with gratitude to the Episcopal Church and Church Publishing.)

We celebrate the revelation of Christ’s glory “before the passion” so that we may “be strengthened to bear our cross and be changed into his likeness.” The focus of the Lenten season is renewed discipline in walking in the way of the cross and rediscovery of the baptismal renunciation of evil and sin and our daily adherence to Christ.

At Easter, which reveals the fullness of Christ’s glory (foreshadowed in the Transfiguration), Christians give themselves anew to the gospel at the Easter Vigil where they share the dying and rising of Christ.

In the biblical context, the synoptic gospels narrate the Transfiguration as a bridge between Jesus’ public ministry and his passion. From the time of the Transfiguration, Jesus sets his face to go to Jerusalem and the cross.

 

From Chuck Knows Church:

The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported by the Synoptic Gospels in which Jesus is transfigured upon a mountain. Why is this event lifted up and celebrated? Chuck will tell you.

 

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