Pines Chapel Presbyterian celebrated “Coming Home to Pines” on September 25, 2016. During the worship service the congregation dedicated two additions to the church: new hymnals and a new baptismal font. The dedication of the new hymnals came first in the service . As the congregation sang “How Great Thou Art” as we took up the old hymnals to the altar table and picked up new hymnals to place in the pews. Pastor Joe Condro then gave a prayer for the new books:
“With thanks in our hearts for those who have created this hymnal for the use by the church and for the members of this congregation whose vision, energy and resources have made this hymnal available for our use, we present these hymnals to the glory of God and for service in the life of this congregation. We especially thank those who have given these hymnals in memory of loved ones who have gone on before us as saints of the church.”
Next came the dedication of the baptismal font with Pastor Joe Condro leading the congregation in prayer:
“Let us pray. By Your grace, O God, You have brought us into Your covenant through the waters of baptism, and by the power of the Holy Spirit we are made members of the body of Christ, the church. At this font may lives be claimed by death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the work and witness of Your people in this world.”
We did not choose You, O Lord, but You chose us.
“Trusting in Jesus Christ, we dedicate this font in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”
At the end of the worship service the congregation welcomed “The Crestmen” to Pines Chapel and listened as they sang three songs: “Amazing Grace,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “A Place Called Mount Calvary.” Then everyone went out from church to return later for a Homecoming Meal and a full concert from “The Crestmen.” It was a beautiful day enjoyed by all!
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