Presbyterians set to commemorate and congratulate this Sunday

At their 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, October 1, the 88 members of Tyrone Presbyterian Church will commemorate World Communion Sunday, which began 73 years ago this October, and then congratulate their Westminster Choir, which started 75 years ago this Autumn.
Seventy-five years ago in the Autumn of 1931, Presbyterian organist and choir master Eugene Dayton established a volunteer group of choristers and christened them the Westminster Choir. For two decades before Gene Dayton established the Westminster Choir, a paid professional quartet provided choral music leadership for both morning and evening worship service at First Presbyterian Church. For several years, this Presbyterian quartet consisted of soprano Mrs. Harvey Garman, alto Mrs. Frank Waring, tenor Mr. Frank Jones, and bass Mr. John Miller. Church organist Clarence Black served as quartet accompanist.
During this Sunday’s World Communion Service, the present Westminster Choir of about 10 singers will commemorate the 73rd anniversary of World Communion Sunday by singing Peter Scholtes 1966 folk anthem with these unifying lyrics – We are one in the spirit / we are one in the Lord / and we pray that all unity may one day be restored / and they’ll know we are Christians by our love. We will walk with each other / we will walk hand in hand / and together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land / and they’ll know we are Christians by our love.
Seventy-three years ago, in a world overshadowed by the darkness of disunity of The Great Depression, Dr. Hugh Thomson Kerr and his parishioners at Pittsburgh’s Shadyside Presbyterian Church established the first World Communion Sunday. Dr. Kerr and his fellow Presbyterians prayed that World Communion Sunday would encourage people of all persuasions to leave behind the horror and hostility that divided them and instead embrace their words of the Apostle Paul from Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek / slave nor free / male nor female / for we are all one in Christ Jesus.
Seventy-three years after Dr. Kerr and Pittsburgh Presbyterians established World Communion Sunday, Christians continue to confront a world infected with hostility and horror that often evolves from an environment of ethnic and religious fear. Pastor Bob Dunkelberger encourages all people discouraged by the hostility and horror of the present day to join Tyrone Presbyterians for World Communion worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 1. In that place, they will hear this good news through music and the spoken word – In Christ now meet both East and West / in Him meet South and North / all faithful souls are one in Him / throughout the whole wide earth!