January 1st, 2019
United Presbyterian Church
730 Beville Road
Daytona Beach, Fl
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Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory.
Happy New Year! As I begin a tenth year at UPC, I am marveling at how different is the music of our time from that of the Reformation. We look to John Calvin as the originator of our Reformed theology, but what do we know about his views on church music?
We might be surprised to learn that Calvin would not approve of our organ, piano, or bells. He would not be happy with our hymnals or even with most of our hymns! Calvin believed that only the words of scripture should be sung in church--and with NO instruments accompanying the singing. For Calvin, this was the only way to make sure that the Divine revelation was being put to music.
He reasoned that since, for him, the Word of God is the only basis for faith and practice, then congregational singing should not merely be "based" on the words of scripture, but should use only the very same words that God gave to the writers of the holy books.
He reasoned that since, for him, the Word of God is the only basis for faith and practice, then congregational singing should not merely be "based" on the words of scripture, but should use only the very same words that God gave to the writers of holy books.
He felt that the finest examples of scripture for singing were the Psalms. Originally, these were the ONLY words he permitted to be sung in Reformed churches.
To understand the basis for his objections to the musical instruments and sacred music we cherish today, it is necessary to study the practices of the Catholic Church of his time. Everything he wrote about music in the church is a reaction to the abuses that he saw in the religious life of his day.
As contemporary Presbyterians, we certainly do not have to agree with everything Calvin said about appropriate worship practices. We can be grateful that his fruiends, especially the composer Louis Bourgeois, and other Reformed musicians and clergy eventually convinced Calvin to allow some freedom in using familiar tunes for the Psalms and eventually permitting other changes in church music which are still continuing today.
We might not care for every single hymn, anthem, or service music that we hear on Sunday. That is to be expected because, as my father used to say, "One man's meat is another man's poison." However, we do hope we present you with enough variety of musical styles that every person here can find some spiritual food to nourish your soul.
"Sing unto Him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise!" (Psalm 33:3)
UNITED PREBYTERIAN HAS WELCOMED TWO NEW MEMEBERS
Mohammed and Elaine Rasheed
UPC CHRISTMAS DINNER
Thank to the Deacons for arranging this amazing dinner. Thanks to Bob as well for the beautiful music.
JOY BIBLE STUDY
I hope you all had a Merry Christmas. My waist has become a little larger, but it was worth it. We had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends.
Now comes the resolutions for the coming year. I ask myself how I will live my life that honors Christ this year. I hope that for all of us, 2019 will be a year of peace and understanding.
Joy Bible Study will meet on January 8, 2019 at 10:30am in the fellowship hall.
The parables will be "The Friend At Night" and "The Two Debtors"
Hope you can come.
SUNDAY ADULT BIBLE STUDY CLASS
Don't forget every Sunday morning at 9:00am in the Disciples Room, Rev. Larry Parker leads a Bible study on current events as applied to the Bible.
Always an informative and interesting class.
If you would like to recieve Larry's study every week be sure to contact the church office. (386-253-2324)
UPC BOOK CLUB
Hello UPC members,
Don't forget our next book club meeting will be held on Saturday, January 5th, 2019, at 12:00pm in the Supreme Beans Coffee Shop at 927 Beville Rd. #10, South Daytona.
We will discuss the following book: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
IN OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS
If you are in need of prayer just know that United Presbyterian Church is praying for you.
Best wishes to the January and February Birthdays.
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION FOR EVERYONE
Be kind, Work hard, Stay humble, Smile often, Keep Honest, Stay loyal, Travel when possible, Never Stop learning, Be thankful always, and love.
"Praise the Lord!"
Rev. Sheryl Sumlin-Walker
A NEW YEAR BLESSING: A Happy, healthy, and blessed New Year to all members of United Presbyterian family, our community, our sunny state, our unique nation and our God given Universe! We have so much to be thankful for, because if you are reading this you have made it to another year!! Luther and I want to thank all the wonderful members of United for all the yummy baked goods and fantastic Christmas cards which I still have decorating my office.
The past year we have had a great start with opening our membership to Dr. Epko, Ms Iveta and Mr. "Bubba", Mr Mohammad and Ms Elaine, Ms Sue, and we are looking forward to opening our hearts and doors of United Presbyterian to more folks in 2019.
Thank you Ms Leora for making the lovely angels for the nursing home ministry and to Ms Karen and Ms Mary for putting together the New Websight and Newsletter. Folks, stay tuned for more exciting information from these ladies as they work dilligently making us LIVE and active in the web world.
Please keep in mind that my door is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 1:00pm. All are welcome to stop in at any time. If you are not able to make it in during office hours just call me and I can make a home visit on Fridays or I will adjust my schedule to accommodate your time. God willing everyone will stay healthy, but if for any reason you are ill or you are having a procedure and you are in the hospital please call or have a loved one call the church for you with your birth name (no nick names please) and inform us as to which hospital you are in so I may be able to pray with you as soon as possible. Prayer is essential to who we are as God's People. May your 2019 be bright, healthy and full of love.
"Praise the Lord from the Heavens:
Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him all His anges;"
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