Posted by: Chuck Dean on Wed, Sep 24, 2008
On Sunday, Oct. 5, the message is in the music as the quartet "Highway 63" brings bluegrass gospel music to Providence UMC. The community is invited to the service which begins at 10 a.m.
Bluegrass Gospel Music One of Many
Styles of Music at Providence UMC
SPANISH FORT, Ala. – Sometimes the sounds of worship at Providence United Methodist Church include the soft melodies of Chopin played on a grand piano. Other times it is the melding of strings as a family ensemble brings guitar, violin and viola into perfect harmony, or the congregation's voices joined in a traditional hymn, or the stirring sounds of the choir singing a contemporary anthem.
On Sunday, Oct. 5, the message is in the music as the quartet "Highway 63" brings bluegrass gospel music to Providence UMC. The community is invited to the service which begins at 10 a.m. at 9543 Stagecoach Rd. in Spanish Fort. For information or directions, visit the website at www.providencemethodist.org or call the church office at 626-2510.
The Rev. Bob Sweet said incorporating a variety of musical styles into the church's worship services enhances the experience of worship.
"Different styles of music speak to people in different ways," Sweet said. "For some of us, our childhood memories of Sunday morning worship include the sounds of good old-time gospel music. For others, this may be the first time they have heard some of the old standards of past generations that are still relevant today."
Sweet said the congregation will be invited to sing along as the quartet leads the worship service. He said Sunday School for all ages begins at 9 a.m. and a nursery is provided.
Highway 63 appears regularly at festivals and other venues throughout the region. Among its members is Eldon Bryson, a highly respected violin and guitar maker who has been featured on WKRG television's "County Road 5."
"Autumn is traditionally a time of year that we bring an old-time camp-meeting feeling to the service through music," said Providence choir member Bob Wermuth. "It's an opportunity for the congregation to sing the old standards that present a message that is true for all time."
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