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Thanksgiving Sunday Hymn Sing

This Weekend: “Thanksgiving Sunday Hymn Sing”

Scriptures: Psalm 95:1-7, and Colossians 3:12-17


The Psalmist writes: “O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” (Psalm 95)


And later “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.” (Psalm 100)

Music has always been a part of the Methodist movement and tradition. You may know that Charles Wesley was a prolific hymn writer. To go with their early hymnals, John Wesley issued 7 rules for Singing to his followers, which included instruction to “Sing lustily – and with good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half-dead or half-asleep; but lift up your voice with strength.” But also cautioned: “Sing modestly – do not bawl so as to be heard above or distinct from the rest of the congregation that you may not destroy the harmony, but strive to unite your voices together so as to make one melodious sound.”

Sunday we will seek to follow this advice and celebrate Thanksgiving with a good old fashion hymn-sing. Bring your favorites from the United Methodist Hymnal or the Faith We Sing and Pat Harry will lead us in song. Pastor Christopher is recovering from illness, but we will gather in praise and thanksgiving with song, and you are invited to join in worship and celebration at 10:30am at 301 S. National, coming just as you are, with your questions, doubts and hopes - and to experience the transformative, healing love and grace of Christ - which makes us whole. Visit www.firstumcfortscott.org/newvisitors for more information on what to expect.


As we do each Sunday, we will seek to: “Let the word of Christ dwell in [us] richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.”(Colossians 3)

Sunday Schedule

9:30am Classes: Ebb & Flow, Faith Builders, Youth Group

Nursery and Sunday Morning Explorers for kids.

10:30am Worship in the Sanctuary and on Facebook Live

Afternoon – worship recording posted to YouTube

Search for FortScott and FirstUMC to find our pages.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, November 22, 5:30 pm Feeding Families in His Name – this weekly free meal is available to everyone without obligation. A “to-go” meal is distributed under the portico at 301 S. National. A reminder: Please do not block nearby driveways while waiting. Thank you. If you would like to support this ministry, you can make donations online at www.firstumcfortscott.org/onlinegiving

December 1st and 2nd, as part of Christmas on the Bricks, we will have our first annual display of nativity sets and creche’s from members and friends in our fellowship hall. We are excited to have about 30 nativities registered and look forward to welcoming our neighbors in to see the collection. We can still add some space so if you meant to register and didn’t by the original deadline, there is still a chance. See https://www.firstumcfortscott.org/nativity-showcase for details.

Plan to visit to see them all Friday, Dec. 1 from 5-8pm and Saturday, Dec. 2 10-2pm.


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