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Nostalgia – a warm, sentimental yearning associated with a former time and place.

When I was a teenager in the 1970’s it was common for schools to recognize 50’s Days. Granted none my peers were alive in the 1950’s. But that did not keep teens from dressing up like the cast of the television show Happy Days, complete with leather jackets, greased back hair, and poodle skirts. It was a blast.

Fast forward a couple of decades and I found that schools were celebrating 70’s Days where kids donned leisure suits, long skirts, and fired up the disco soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever.

At this stage in my life I am less exposed to trends among young people. But I would not be surprised if schools and parties announce a 90’s theme featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, Ninja Turtles, and the cast of Friends.

All told, no matter what your age, there is something appealing about remembering and celebrating the nostalgia of previous days.

Several months ago I received a telephone call from Max Morris. Max is a gracious friend, a gifted minister, and possesses an enormous heart. You may also know that Max directs an early morning devotional on Tuesdays and Thursdays entitled “His Hands Extended.” On these mornings folks gather at the Garden Plaza at 7:00 to begin their day with song and devotional. I am honored to speak at this assembly once or twice a year.

In this call Max asked if our church would host what he called a traditional worship service for our church family and for the greater community of believers affiliated with His Hands Extended. It was an appealing idea. Later, he and I met with Jack Clark, the music leader for His Hands Extended, and discussed specific arrangements. Sunday night, November 17 was chosen for this event. This worship time will feature only piano and organ accompaniment. We will turn off the projectors and sing only out of the hymnals. A volunteer choir will assemble for rehearsal that day at 4:30 using Red Back Hymnals as their songbooks. Max also asked if I would preach for this worship time. I have chosen to preach on a theme found in so many beloved old hymns: HEAVEN.

So if the thought of an Old Fashioned Traditional Worship Service appeals to the nostalgia in your heart, join us in our sanctuary Sunday night, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. It will be a blessing for all ages.  Jay




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