By Adam Thorp
LOUISIANA – A season of outdoor music and reverence kicked off Sunday with the first of a series of ecumenical worship services that will take place over the course of the summer.
The first in the Summer in the Park concert series had a dramatic backdrop: the swelling Mississippi River, as seen from Riverview Park.
What the river provided was touched on by Rev. Patricia Foster of Calvary Episcopal Church as she opened proceedings, prompting those present to pray for those in need—especially those displaced or otherwise effected by the Mississippi’s rising waters.
“As we all know, the river giveth and taketh, and right now it giveth a lot,” Foster said.
Responsibility for the services rotates between the different members of the Ministerial Alliance.
Rev. Art Moore and the Centenary Methodist Church were tapped for the inaugural outing of the season.
Moore delivered the evening’s message and the church’s hand-bell choir, directed by Joanna Brock, performed.
During other selections of music Brock played the piano accompanied by Rev. Jay Ayers of the First Presbyterian Church of Louisiana, on guitar.
Musical selections for the evening included “Standing on the Promises,” “Amazing Grace,” “Great is the Lord,” “Christ Beside Me” and “I’ll Fly Away.” The Centenary Hand-bell Choir performed “The Church’s One Foundation” and “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee.”
Moore’s sermon followed the theme “Questions Abound.”
He walked attendees through the many questions asked of Jesus in the Gospels, and prompted them to consider what they would ask him, given the chance.