The third and final worship service, held on Thursday, June 18, was called “A Renewed World”. Attendance at this service was spotty, due to the Assembly ending early and the service being moved up to 4:30pm from 5:30pm. (This also meant that the cellist for the evening was on his way to the Assembly during most of the music set. It’s a shame that the musicians weren’t warned further in advance that they would be needed earlier so that they would have time to prepare.)
The hymns and songs chosen were:
- Come Away from Rush and Hurry
- Words: Marva Dawn, Music: NETTLETON
- This Is My Father’s World
- Words: Maltbie D. Babcock, Music: TERRA BEATA
- Holy, Holy, Holy
- Words: Reginald Heber, Music: NICAEA
- Our Great God
- Words and Music: Fernando Orgeta, Mac Powell
- ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
- Words: Louisa M. R. Stead, Music: TRUST IN JESUS
- A Hymn for All the World
- Words and Music: Josh Bales
Ray Cannata, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, gave a testimony of the rebuilding work going on in the people and the city of New Orleans 4 years after Hurricane Katrina.
Martin Ban, pastor of Christ Church, Santa Fe, New Mexico, spoke on “Mission, Risk and Redemptive Feasting” from Luke 14:1-35 and 22:14-27. He had a wonderful communication style, unlike any other preacher I’ve heard, but one that fit him well. (And shouldn’t that be the goal in preaching!) He delivered long, well-constructed sentences and allowed time for them to sink in. It was a great exposition of the text but also a great challenge for the future of our denomination.
Musically, this service was probably the most unified of all the services. A smaller ensemble with no special guests helped to bring everything together. This was the most like a typical church-plant music style – acoustic guitar led, piano, bass, drums, a color instrument (cello, in this case). It was very well played, with a mind to supporting the congregation.