"Glory to God" | Sung Response to Assurance of Pardon

Here is a youtube video of a congregation singing one of my favorite parts of the upcoming Presbyterian Hymnal, "Glory to God." The song is an adaptation of the Gloria Patri and is entitled "Glory to God (Whose Goodness Shines on Me)" by Paul Vasile. You can find the piano music here. Although this song can be used as a "stand-alone" hymn, it works best as a sung response to the Assurance of Pardon. Enjoy!

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Stephen Fearing

Stephen was born in 1988 in Cookeville, TN, where his parents met whilst attending Tennessee Tech. Shortly after, they moved to Dalton, Georgia where they put down roots and joined First Presbyterian Church, the faith family that taught Stephen that he was first and foremost a beloved child of God. It was this community that taught Stephen that it was OK to have questions and doubts and that nothing he could do could every possibly separate him from the love of God. In 1995, his sister, Sarah Kate, joined the family and Stephen began his journey as a life-long musician. Since then, he has found a love of music and has found this gift particularly fitting for his call to ministry. Among the instruments that he enjoys are piano, trumpet, guitar, and handbells. Stephen has always had a love of singing and congregation song. An avid member of the marching band, Stephen was the drum major of his high school's marching band. In 2006, Stephen began his tenure at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC where he majored in Religion and minored in History. While attending PC, Stephen continued to explore his love of music by participating in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Jazz Trio, as well as playing in the PC Handbell ensemble and playing mandolin and banjo PC's very own bluegrass/rock group, Hosegrass, of which Stephen was a founding member (Hosegrass even released their own CD!). In 2010, Stephen moved from Clinton to Atlanta to attend Columbia Theological Seminary to pursue God's call on his life to be a pastor in the PC(USA). During this time, Stephen worked at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek Presbyterian Church, Central Presbyterian Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. For three years, Stephen served as the Choir Director of Columbia Theological Seminary's choir and also served as the Interim Music Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In 2014, Stephen graduated from Columbia with a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Practical Theology with an emphasis in liturgy, music, and worship. In July of 2014, Stephen was installed an ordained as Teaching Elder at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in Shelter Island, NY. Later that year, Stephen married the love of his life, Tricia, and they share their home on Shelter Island with their Golden Doodle, Elsie, and their calico cat, Audrey. In addition to his work with the people who are Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, Stephen currently serves as a commission from Long Island Presbytery to the Synod of the Northeast and, beginning in January of 2016, will moderate the Synod's missions team.

Feasting on the Word - Worship Companion (Volume 2) to be released soon!

Dear Readers: I hope you all have enjoyed the "teasers" of the Feasting on the Word - Worship Companion that I have been posting on my blog. This is a tremendous resource that I cannot recommend enough! I will only be posting liturgy from Feasting on the Word for the next few weeks (until Easter) so I hope that you all will purchase a copy for yourselves.

The current volume provides liturgy up to Pentecost of this year. The next volume (which will take us from Trinity Sunday to Reign of Christ - Year C) is coming out in a few weeks. You can purchase it here. Volume 1 can be purchased here.

You should note that the hard copy also comes with a CD containing a digital edition of its contents for ease of transferring liturgy to bulletins. Also, Kindle editions of both volumes are available via Amazon.

Again, I hope you have enjoyed the teasers. Take care!

Grace and peace, Stephen

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Stephen Fearing

Stephen was born in 1988 in Cookeville, TN, where his parents met whilst attending Tennessee Tech. Shortly after, they moved to Dalton, Georgia where they put down roots and joined First Presbyterian Church, the faith family that taught Stephen that he was first and foremost a beloved child of God. It was this community that taught Stephen that it was OK to have questions and doubts and that nothing he could do could every possibly separate him from the love of God. In 1995, his sister, Sarah Kate, joined the family and Stephen began his journey as a life-long musician. Since then, he has found a love of music and has found this gift particularly fitting for his call to ministry. Among the instruments that he enjoys are piano, trumpet, guitar, and handbells. Stephen has always had a love of singing and congregation song. An avid member of the marching band, Stephen was the drum major of his high school's marching band. In 2006, Stephen began his tenure at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC where he majored in Religion and minored in History. While attending PC, Stephen continued to explore his love of music by participating in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Jazz Trio, as well as playing in the PC Handbell ensemble and playing mandolin and banjo PC's very own bluegrass/rock group, Hosegrass, of which Stephen was a founding member (Hosegrass even released their own CD!). In 2010, Stephen moved from Clinton to Atlanta to attend Columbia Theological Seminary to pursue God's call on his life to be a pastor in the PC(USA). During this time, Stephen worked at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek Presbyterian Church, Central Presbyterian Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. For three years, Stephen served as the Choir Director of Columbia Theological Seminary's choir and also served as the Interim Music Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In 2014, Stephen graduated from Columbia with a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Practical Theology with an emphasis in liturgy, music, and worship. In July of 2014, Stephen was installed an ordained as Teaching Elder at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in Shelter Island, NY. Later that year, Stephen married the love of his life, Tricia, and they share their home on Shelter Island with their Golden Doodle, Elsie, and their calico cat, Audrey. In addition to his work with the people who are Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, Stephen currently serves as a commission from Long Island Presbytery to the Synod of the Northeast and, beginning in January of 2016, will moderate the Synod's missions team.

First Edition 1611 King James Bible part of exhibit by Michael Morgan

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From Michael MorganMuch of the English-speaking world is still celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible (1611-2011). The story of the English Bible from John Wycliffe in 1382 through the King James Version is a fascinating and colorful history, and you are invited to join Michael Morgan at Silver Creek Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 24th at 2:00 P.M. to hear the story in a special way. This event will be free and open to the public.

On exhibit will be original editions of all the English versions of the Reformation era, including a first printing of the King James Bible. Michael is the long-time organist at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and Seminary Musician at Columbia Theological Seminary. He began collecting English Bibles, New Testaments, and books of Psalms as a student at Florida State University around 1970, and has assembled what is probably the most comprehensive private collection in the country (over 4000 volumes, with virtually every translation represented).

In 1999 his own collection of Psalm paraphrases was published by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), with a revised second edition in 2010. Michael has traveled widely presenting displays and lectures on the English Bible and Psalms, and has played the organ for recitals, worship services, and master classes around the U.S., and in England, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Germany.

From Stephen Fearing Silver Creek Presbyterian Church is a member of Cherokee Presbytery and is located at 6 Old Rockmart Rd SE, Lindale, GA. All are welcome to join us for worship at 11:00 A.M. to be followed by a church luncheon. I will preach on Psalm 27 and we will use several of Michael Morgan's paraphrases for hymns. The exhibit will begin at 2:00 P.M and all are invited! A love offering will be taken in appreciation for Mike's time with us. If you have any questions, you can contact me at smfearing@gmail.com

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Stephen Fearing

Stephen was born in 1988 in Cookeville, TN, where his parents met whilst attending Tennessee Tech. Shortly after, they moved to Dalton, Georgia where they put down roots and joined First Presbyterian Church, the faith family that taught Stephen that he was first and foremost a beloved child of God. It was this community that taught Stephen that it was OK to have questions and doubts and that nothing he could do could every possibly separate him from the love of God. In 1995, his sister, Sarah Kate, joined the family and Stephen began his journey as a life-long musician. Since then, he has found a love of music and has found this gift particularly fitting for his call to ministry. Among the instruments that he enjoys are piano, trumpet, guitar, and handbells. Stephen has always had a love of singing and congregation song. An avid member of the marching band, Stephen was the drum major of his high school's marching band. In 2006, Stephen began his tenure at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC where he majored in Religion and minored in History. While attending PC, Stephen continued to explore his love of music by participating in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Jazz Trio, as well as playing in the PC Handbell ensemble and playing mandolin and banjo PC's very own bluegrass/rock group, Hosegrass, of which Stephen was a founding member (Hosegrass even released their own CD!). In 2010, Stephen moved from Clinton to Atlanta to attend Columbia Theological Seminary to pursue God's call on his life to be a pastor in the PC(USA). During this time, Stephen worked at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek Presbyterian Church, Central Presbyterian Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. For three years, Stephen served as the Choir Director of Columbia Theological Seminary's choir and also served as the Interim Music Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In 2014, Stephen graduated from Columbia with a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Practical Theology with an emphasis in liturgy, music, and worship. In July of 2014, Stephen was installed an ordained as Teaching Elder at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in Shelter Island, NY. Later that year, Stephen married the love of his life, Tricia, and they share their home on Shelter Island with their Golden Doodle, Elsie, and their calico cat, Audrey. In addition to his work with the people who are Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, Stephen currently serves as a commission from Long Island Presbytery to the Synod of the Northeast and, beginning in January of 2016, will moderate the Synod's missions team.