The church office will be closed Monday, July 5, for the July 4th holiday.
Pepper Choplin is a full-time composer, conductor and humorist. He has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. With a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he went on to earn a Master of Music degree in composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
With a diverse musical background, Choplin incorporates varied styles such as folk, Gospel, classical, and jazz. His published works includes over 300 anthems for church and school choir with 23 church cantatas and two books of piano arrangements. Over 100 groups have commissioned him to write original works for them. An original hymn, “Come to the Water” appears in the hymnal, Celebrating Grace. His anthems consistently appear in the top seller lists of publishers and distributors. Since 1991, his choral music has sold several million copies. Each week, thousands of singers present his music in churches and schools in the United States and around the world.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I am sure it is not a train.
Temple is emerging from the time of separation caused by COVID. We are opening back up to the public. We will allow anyone who wishes to attend service to come and be with us.
There are some things we will want you to do in order to attend. One is enter and exit through the front door of the sanctuary. When you enter, please wear a mask while inside. Also, we will ask that you seat socially distant from each other. The pews will be marked for seating with every other pew open for you. The pews will have areas designated six feet from each other. You may sit with your family, but otherwise, please sit apart.
If you do not have a mask, there will be masks at the door. Also there will be hand sanitizer there for your use.
I am thankful for the participation through our Facebook livestreams. That will continue. Recordings will also be posted to YouTube. But we felt the time was right to invite you back to the building. So, come. You will be welcomed by myself and all of us that make up Temple Baptist Church.
COVID is moving into the past. Now is the time to embrace the future the Lord provides for us. Let’s do that as we come together physically again into this space and find the loving presence of Christ in our midst.
Chiming of the Hour
Greeting & Lighting of Christ Candle
Dr. J. Michael Parnell
How Great Thou Art