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“Sunday’s Coming” 2018 Summer Symposium set for July 20-21

“Sunday’s Coming” – the 2018 Summer Symposium presented by the Hartsville and Florence districts of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church – is scheduled for July 20-21 at Cumberland UMC in Florence.

The symposium is designed to reflect the kind of vibrant, creative energy and patient reflection that will promote worship that is both relevant and profound. It invites pastors and congregations to rediscover a common vision for worship, to sense how worship is related to all aspects of congregational life, and to imagine better ways of preparing excellent content and leadership.

“Sunday’s Coming” centers on music in worship, exploring how congregations can have vibrant worship using a variety of music styles. Options in music call for greater discernment and care in planning and implementing the music ministry of the church.

The symposium opens Friday evening, July 20, with “The Power of Spirituals: Music of the Soil and Soul,” a concert by the Florence District Mass Choir, which will highlight spirituals as a mirror of life and the importance of Jesus and religion, and as a source of comfort and hope.

The schedule for Saturday, July 21, features sessions on “Enlivening Worship to Reach Your Congregation,” “Christ’s Time for the Church: Preparing Altars for Worship,” and “Team-Based Worship Planning.”

Presenters include:

  • Dr. Eileen Guenther, professor of church music at Wesley Theological Seminary, where she teaches music and worship courses and is director of chapel music. Her book on clergy-music relations, “Rivals or a Team? Clergy-Musician Relationships in the 21st Century,” was published in 2012 by MorningStar Music Publishers. Dr. Guenther is in her third term as national president of the American Guild of Organists and is the director of music at First Congregational UCC in Washington, D.C.

  • Jason Brown, director of music at Lyttleton Street UMC in Camden. Brown’s performance and recording credits include the American Spiritual Ensemble, Louisville Bach Society, Kentucky Bach Choir, Houston Grand Opera and Lexington (Kentucky) Singers.  In New York City, where he also maintains an active performance schedule, he has been featured with the Roy Prescod Chorale, Fine Art Singers of New York, Symphony Saintpaulia, and Harlem Opera Theater. Mr. Brown’s voice and conducting repertoire include numerous oratorios, masses and cantatas.
  • Rev. Bruce Arthur Sayre, pastor of Leesville UMC who has served as chairperson of the S.C. Conference Committee on Worship. Following his ordination in the S.C. Conference, rev. Sayre has served as an instructor in the Course of Study program at Duke Divinity School and at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and as a reader consultant for the United Methodist Hymnal. Rev. Sayre’s ministry in the local church also has included Wesley-Hartsville, St. John’s-Rock Hill, Lewis Memorial, Nichols, Fairview-St. Paul, Grace-Columbia, Good Shepherd, St. Mark’s-Sumter, Macedonia-Mullins, Clinton, St. Paul Tillman and Main Street-Dillon.

Proceeds from the $65 registration fee will benefit the Hartsville Wesley Foundation. When making hotel accommodations at the Hampton Inn, ask for Terry Bess. Registration also will be available onsite.

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