Online Worship

Gathering

Prelude

The Rev. Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933) was one of the eminent preachers of Methodism at the turn of the 20th century. Emory University hymnologist James Abbington has called Tindley a “pastor, orator, poet, writer, theologian, social activist, ‘father of African American Hymnody,’ ‘progenitor of African American gospel music’ and ‘prince of preachers.’” Tindley was born in Worcester County, Md., the son of Charles and Esther Tindley, but his mother died when he was only 2 years old; thus his father raised him. You should read more about this amazing man and the hymn, which he wrote, here.

Stand by Me played by John Park

Welcome

from Pastor Stan Cardwell

Centering Prayer

Let’s use Charles A Tindley’s great hymn (see prelude intro) to center our hearts for worship and for living out our faith in the world.

When the storms of life are raging,
stand by me;
When the storms of life are raging,
stand by me;
When the world is tossing me,
like a ship upon the sea,
Thou who rulest wind and water,
stand by me.

Gathering Song

Matt Maher wrote this song during the recession of 2008. As people were worrying about the economy, Matt reminded us of that which is eternal – God’s love.

Hold Us Together led by the Worship Band

Children’s Message

A Changed Heart by Michelle Cardwell