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A w ee kl y pub li c at ion of F ir st C hr i st ia n Ch ur c h ( Di s ci pl e s of C hr i st)

Christian Echoes Bringing Perspective to Life A Minister’s Perspective by Rev. Larry Sivis, Associate Minister


f all the hymns written through the ages that have found their way into the church’s songs during the Lenten season, the hymn, “What Wondrous Love” is arguably the most popular. One of the most intriguing aspects of this popular folk-hymn is that it comes to us from an area so much a part of our heritage: the Appalachian Mountains. Composer and singing-school teacher William Walker, as he traveled through Appalachia in the early 1800’s, heard the tune, wrote it down, and eventually included it in his tune book, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion of 1835. As we know, the Appalachian Mountains were settled by a majority of Scottish and Irish immigrants. Even my ancestors, who settled in Montgomery and Bath counties, were originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. It is well known that the Scots and Irish had a special attachment or “ken” to music. Their Celtic melodies are seen as some of the finest in the world. Musicologists have also noted that “Wondrous Love” bears a close resemblance to an English folk-tune that was popular in the 18th century known as, “The

Ballad of Captain Kidd.” Many of the folkhymns in the 19th century American shapenote tune books bear a close resemblance to English folk tunes. Thus, “Wondrous Love” being based upon a Celtic folk tune is certainly not farfetched. We can hear the power of this Celtic tune as we sing its plaintive yearning phrases and like many haunting melodies, “Wondrous Love” is based on a six-tone music scale we call the “Dorian Mode.” As such, it seems to reach down into the very depths of our souls, bringing forth an almost tearful yearning. All this in keeping with the purpose of the original Greek musical scales or modes—to elicit certain emotional responses in the hearer. The fleeting and haunting melody of “Wondrous Love” reaches down to stir the inner spirit as it calls us to meet our Savior, Jesus Christ. Through the undulating beat, the rising and falling of tempo and melody, we can sense the tender words of love meant only for our ears. As the hymn text tells us so poignantly, Jesus our Savior borne the dreadful curse of death for our very souls; and what is more wondrous, this King has set aside his crown and come to our rescue. Jesus gave up heavenly comfort when he came to earth, and physically suffered to save the souls of the ones He loved so and me. How wondrous that we should deserve such love! (Galatians 3:13-14)

Faith and Family in a Facebook World

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As you continue your journey through this Lenten season, may the opening question of this hymn, “What Wondrous Love Is This?” turn for you to the joyous triumph of stanza three: “To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing; and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on…” What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss, To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, To bear the dreadful curse for my soul. When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, When I was sinking down, sinking down, When I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown, Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul, Christ laid aside His crown for my soul. To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing; To God and to the Lamb, I will sing. To God and to the Lamb Who is the great “I Am”; While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing; While millions join the theme, I will sing. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on; And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be; And through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on; And through eternity, I’ll sing on.

Easter Flowers

For better or worse, our lives today are impacted by the technology of the 21st century. Our faith is often formed through Google searches and Twitter debates. Our families stay connected through Facebook and Skype. Our children communicate better through texting than face-to-face conversation. In the midst of it all, we are faced with the challenge of protecting our loved ones and ourselves from the dangers of Internet predators and identity thieves. Join us Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. for the Disciples Women's Ministries General Meeting and Potluck Dinner, Faith and Family in a Facebook World. Scott Sharp, professor at Ohio University, will join us as we discuss these issues so prevalent to our lives today. Join us!

You may choose a Lily, Hyacinth, Tulip, or Daffodil. Each flower costs $15. Orders due by Sunday, April 1. You may use this form or pick one up at the welcome center. Memory of | Honor of Please circle one and list name(s) below. Please print. _____________________________________________ Given by Please print your name as you wish it to be listed in the bulletin. _____________________________________________ Please write the quantity by the type(s) of flowers you would like. Lily____ Hyacinth____ Tulip____ Daffodil____

Lenten Schedule of Events     

First Christian Church invites First United Methodist Church to join us for a St. Thomas Service on Wednesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. Holy Week Community Services will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church Monday, April 2—Friday, April 6 at 12 p.m. each day. A Maundy Thursday Service is scheduled for Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. First Christian Church will host a 24-Hour Prayer Vigil from Thursday, April 5 at 9 p.m. until Friday, April 6 at 9 p.m. We are seeking participants who will commit to thirty minutes of prayer. We also need men willing to act as security during the hours when the Church office is closed. The sign up schedule is in the Narthex. First United Methodist Church (1811 Carter Avenue) invites First Christian Church to join with them for a Good Friday Service on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m.

Make checks payable to First Christian Church. You may take your flower following Easter Sunday Worship Service.

Youth News! 

Chi—Rho (grades 6—8) and Christian Youth Fellowship (grades 9—12) will meet this Sunday, March 18 at 5 p.m.  Saint Andrew’s Kids (grades K—5) meets Wednesday, March 21 from 4—5:30 p.m. Join us for a devotion, snacks, and recreation.

Congregational Meeting

A Congregational Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, immediately following Vespers.


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Worship Participants—March 18, 2012

Elders: Susan Gabbert/Loaf; David Floyd/Cup; Debbie Frazier/ Homebound Deacons: Aaron Sutton, Kim Sutton, Nancy Turman, Terri VanHoose, Claudia Vonderheide, Jeri Ward, Patty Wiley, Terri Wonn Acolytes: Reed Daniel, Jake Damron A/V Department: Team 1 Children's Church: Elaine Corbitt, Troy Burchett Coffee Fellowship: Helen Harmon, Libby LaFon Communion Coordinators: Barby Clark, Joyce Kiser Greeters: Paul & Kathy Johnson Lay Readers: Angie Lewis, Jody Lowman Ushers: Taylor Bradley, Joe Bill Frazier, Teri Ruley Van Driver: Ron Clark

Notes of Gratitude Thank you for my beautiful rose. When you live alone on Valentine’s Day, it can feel lonely. You provide God’s love and light to others. Thank you for being God’s servants, putting a smile on my face and a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. (Nancy Wyse) Thank you for the beautiful pink rose and valentine! It means so much to be remembered by the church and these sweet children. Thanks also to Emma & Wren for their nice visit. I enjoyed talking with them. (Nancy Turman) Thank you for the beautiful rose. Thank you for remembering me and to Wren and Emma for delivering it. (Martha Marshall) Thanks for the beautiful rose on Valentine’s Day. Your thoughtfulness brought a smile to my face. May God bless you. (Faye Barker) Many thanks to the Acolytes for the beautiful rose you brought to me for Valentine’s Day. Opening my door to the smiling faces of Jake, Reed & Will was such a joyful feeling. You are a very special group to think of others at this time! (Betty Curnutte) How kind of you to share God’s love with a valentine and a rose. It was a nice surprise. Thank you very much for your visit. (Betty Jo Castle)

Honorarium Gift Given

A gift has been given in honor of: † Dr. Oren & Deidre Justice by Stan & Treca Timberlake

Calendar of Events: 03/18/12—03/24/12

SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal Sunday School “A Place For You” Television Ministry (Adelphia, Ch. 9; Time Warner, Ch. 30) Morning Worship Lenten Sunday Night Live Lenten Pastors’ Class Chi—Rho/CYF

10:45 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. MONDAY 11:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TUESDAY 8:30 a.m.

Intercessory Prayer Group Faith & Fitness Shelter of Hope Board Meeting Cub Scouts Boy Scouts

5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. THURSDAY 8:15 a.m. 3:30 p.m.

Men’s Breakfast Fellowship/Pancakes & Sausage Chancel Ringers Rehearsal DWM General Meeting and Dinner Beth Moore Bible Study/Canceled Meals on Wheels/Terri Wonn Saint Andrew’s Kids St. Thomas Service Chancel Choir Rehearsal Pacesetters Travel to Georgetown Faith & Fitness

Tornado Relief Effort

The Christian Church In Kentucky has asked our congregation to furnish bedrooms and kitchens for the FEMA trailers that will be available to our neighbors who have been affected by the tornadoes. At this time, the Outreach Department asks that you identify gently used bedroom furniture and linens, as well as kitchen supplies, and hold on to those items until additional information is available. Please continue to remember these communities and aid workers in your prayers. (Deanna Bradley, World Outreach Chair)

Memorial Gifts Given

Gifts have been given in memory of: † Paul & Ruth Haggard by Evelyn & Brent Crawford, Garry & Cheryl Lewis, Kay Pearce, David & Margaret Ruth

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, March 18: Numbers 21:4-9; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

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