This is the sermon from morning worship on February 18, 2018. It was the first Sunday in Lent. This year, we are focusing on the parables of Jesus and we began with the parables of the mustard seed and yeast.
This is the sermon from morning worship on January 28, 2018. Our guest preacher was the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia, former vice-moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and currently Director of Church Relations for Princeton Theological Seminary. It was also the Sunday we ordained and installed our newest officers and we had a visit from the Princeton Theological Seminary Choir.
January 28 will be a special Sunday at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. It is the day that we ordain and install our newest officers and commission our committee and council members at all three services.
Worship in the morning will include our guest preacher, the Rev. Larissa Kwong-Abazia, and the touring choir for Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS). The Rev. Kwong-Abazia is a former vice-moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is currently Director of Church Relations at PTS.
The seminary choir, made up of PTS seminarians, is led by Dr. Martin Tel, Princeton Seminary’s C.F. Seabrook Director of Music. Dr. Tel was the senior editor of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship and is a highly regarded theologian of music in the Christian Reformed Church.
Music at Memorial’s 2017-18 season continues on Sunday, January 21, with an exciting performance by the Detroit-based ensemble CutTime Simfonica. The Simfonica string quartet and drums are proving that classical and symphonic music are not just for the concert hall anymore! Former DSO bassist Rick Robinson is leading a small revolution. His rich transcriptions – from Bach and Mozart to Joplin and Ellington – are complemented by his gifts for profound, melodious and funky compositions. Robinson finds metaphors, from food to sailing, that immediately raise the value of classical music in the beautiful sanctuary of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.
The January 21 concert begins at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and are available at the church reception desk or online at ticketriver.com.
Please note: This concert is family friendly and young listeners are encouraged to attend. Young people up to age 18 will be admitted free of charge.
Purpose: to encourage and educate high-school age singers, and to welcome those singers to participate in the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church adult choir
Students are invited to apply each semester for awards in the amount of $400 each; the funds will be applied to their private voice lessons at their high school or at the church. A maximum of four awards will be granted.
Auditions for Spring 2018 will be held on Saturday morning, January 20 (or by appointment); interested applicants must complete an application form and submit it by Wednesday, January 17. Students need not prepare an audition song (although they are welcome to do so).
Awards will be paid directly to the voice teachers.
Each recipient will be expected to participate in the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church adult choir. Allowance will be made for a specified number of excused absences to accommodate high school choral program activities and personal emergencies.
The Grosse Pointe Memorial Church adult choir rehearses Thursday evenings from 7:15-9:15 and sings at both 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday services. Conducted by nationally known organist, conductor, and composer James Biery, they sing a wide variety of traditional repertoire, and present concerts, major works, and chancel operas.
Eligibility: Recipients may be of any faith tradition and need not be members of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. Applicants may attend any high school, public or private, but must be active participants in their school vocal music program.
For more information, or to apply, please contact: