Presbyterians participate in Christian Unity and Sanctity of Life Sunday

At 10:30 a.m. worship this Sunday, January 21, the 83 members of Tyrone Presbyterian Church will participate in Christian Unity and Sanctity of Life Sunday with inspiration from their guest preacher and with support for Tyrone’s Knights of Columbus.
Pastor Barry Neal of Tyrone’s Christ United Methodist Church will serve as guest preacher and will deliver the morning message from the Presbyterian pulpit as part of the Tyrone Cooperative Ministries Pulpit Exchange Program for Christian Unity Sunday.
A native of Altoona, Pastor Neal began his work at Christ United Methodist Church in July 2006. Prior to his tenure in Tyrone, Reverend Neal served as a Methodist pastor in nearby Williamsburg. Before his call to the ministry, Mr. Neal worked as a mine inspector for the Department of Environmental Resources. A graduate of Penn State and Lancaster Theological Seminary, Reverend Neal and his wife Sandy reside in Tipton, are the parents of three grown children and five children.
To support Pastor Neal’s message on Christian Unity Sunday, the church choir will sing a 1979 anthem by Michael Perry with these welcoming words: “In Christ There is no East or West / In Him no Pride of Birth / The Chosen Family God Has Blessed / Now Spans the Whole Wide Earth.”
In addition to Christian Unity Sunday, Tyrone Presbyterians also will support the Knights of Columbus Sanctity of Life March. That march begins at non on January 21 at St. Matthews Roman Catholic Church and processes to Oak Grove Cemetery. Presbyterians will offer encouragement for this Sanctity of Life March by opening and closing their worship service with two beloved hymns about children, “Jesus Loves the Little Children of the World” and “Jesus Loves Me”. In singing these two children’s hymns, local Presbyterians recognize that compassionate Christians must follow the example of Jesus as they demonstrate concern for the unborn and for the young, as well as for the least, the last and the lost of this world.