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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Sunday Afternoon Video: Joyful!

Today was Youth Sunday at my church, and it was filled with joy and applause and pride and congratulations for the young people who are graduating from high school and college. There were about eight high school graduates and most have been members of the church since babyhood or toddlerhood. How fortunate they are, as I was, to have the support throughout their growing up years of a faith community.

Prelude and offertory were by some of these great kids, as well as the sermon; they also served at the altar. Their younger counterparts served as acolytes and ushers. It was a great day.

Our recessional was "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" and it truly was one of the most joyous occasions I've been part of. I'm grateful.

Here's a nice rendition of the tune for your listening pleasure.


  1. Lovely! And such a happy day. Do you know about the Search Institute's "Assets Inventory"? My daughter did one in high school and she spoke later at a Thanksgiving service about how the church let her answer affirmatively to the question "Are there adults outside your family who care about you?" (Probably paraphrasing but you get the idea.)

  2. Today we sang "A Mighty Fortress is our God" along with other hymns in which my memory is failing me.

    However, the video you share is simply delightful and relaxing to listen to. Thank you Mary Beth.

  3. one of my favorites, too, Mary beth--exceptional video, too; congrats to all the grads at your church and all grads everywhere!

    This morning we sang:
    When Morning Gilds the Skies
    My Hope is Built on Nothing Less, with "raging flood" rather than my preferred "whelming flood"
    Choir anthem: Will You Come and Follow Me
    Built on a Rock
    My Life Flows On in Endless Song...while to that Rock I'm clinging!

  4. We had "Joyful Joyful" played by 2 sisters (11 and 13) as four-hand piano today!

    Also:"My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less" and "How Firm A Foundation", as well as "Let Us Talents And Tongues Employ" as our communion hymn.

  5. Such a great video clip. I cannot hear this song without visualising Sister Act 2


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