We’re reading through part of the Acts of the Apostles this summer, following Paul as he sails the seas and travels across the countryside. Last Sunday we heard of Paul and Silas arriving in Philippi and of their arrest and imprisonment. The story continues this morning with the two of them in jail—singing.
That Christians could end up in jail should surprise no one. That Christians should be singing in jail should come as no surprise either. Two times while he was in jail in Birmingham, Martin Luther King, Jr. was given no food because he and others with him insisted on singing their grace to God at mealtime. Prison bars do not limit the joy and hope of Christians.
For our singing this morning we’ll be led by some old friends and great jazz musicians: Dick Watson, piano, Gary Palmer, bass, Craig Wood, drums, and Lynne Hart, saxophone. Congregational UCC’s own Ethan Buck is sitting in as well. This jazz worship service was made possible in part by a gift from Chuck Connerly and Martha Ann Crawford.
Scripture Lessons: Jeremiah 17:14-18; Acts 16:25-36
Sermon: “What Must We Do?”
The Rev. William Lovin preaching
Anthem “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”