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Evening Worship: “Grounded in God: A Faith-filled Testimony of the African American Church in Song”

An evening worship service held at the 2018 Vital Worship Grants Event.

The music for this worship service comes from One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, a new ecumenical hymnal that pulls together songs from historic African American traditions and denominations.

Opening Greeting


Scripture Reading: Psalm 150
Songs:  16   “Total Praise”
             67   “Holy One, We Worship Thee”
Prayer of Response


Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7–12
Songs:  “Shall Tribulation or Distress"
              (choral anthem based on Romans 8 by Mary Louise Bringle & Sally Ann Morris)
              473   “Be Still, God Will Fight Your Battle
              455   “Beams of Heaven”
Prayer of Response


Scripture Reading: Luke 15:11–32
Songs:   418   “I Am Redeemed”
              238   “Jesus, You Brought Me All the Way”
                        (choral anthem arr. by Kenneth W. Louis)
Prayer of Response


Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1–5
Songs:   121   “I Will Make the Darkness Light”
              113   “The Solid Rock”
              108   “It Is Well with My Soul” (choral anthem arr. by James Biery)
Prayer of Response



Sung Blessing: 472 “Let the Church Say, ‘Amen’”

Leaders: James Abbington; Doug Brouwer; Choir, Liturgical Movement, and Scripture Arts Teams;Norma de Waal Malefyt; Duane Kelderman; Eron Lauchie; Hannah Barker Nickolay; Jackson Nickolay; Debra Perry; Lisa Sung; Kathleen Turner; and Lisa Weaver.