Opening Celebration of Annual Conference 2015 to feature Mass Choir



This year, Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett has asked that we have a Mass Choir lead in worship at the Opening Celebration of Annual Conference on Sunday, May 31, 2015. I am writing to encourage members of your local church choir to be a part of this exciting worship experience. Additionally, we would like for members of your Children’s Choirs, grades 3 through 6, to participate.

There are 3 pieces that we will be singing, in addition to the hymns of the service. These pieces may be ordered from J.W. Pepper or from Kempke’s Music.

Call to Worship:

  • The Name of Jesus by Craig Courtney
    Beckenhorst Press: BP1800

Anthems (these will include Children’s Choir):

  • No Turning Back by Joel Raney
    Hope Publishing Company: C5693
  • This Is My Father’s World/ He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Joel Raney
    Hope Publishing Company: C5244

I would ask that your choir members learn the pieces within the next few weeks, arriving at Annual Conference prepared for a rehearsal. Choir members should bring their robes with them. Children’s Choirs do not need to wear robes.

The schedule will be as follows:

  • Rehearsal: May 31, 2:30 PM in Hill Music Building
  • Worship Service: 4:30 PM in Bill Battle Coliseum (Choir in place at 4 PM)

In order to plan for seating, please let me know how many choir members will be coming from your church. I may be reached at or at 205-563-8484.

I look forward to working you all!

In Christ,
Nancy Beard
Music Coordinator for Annual Conference;
Music Director, Asbury UMC, Birmingham, AL

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