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Presbyterians to present panorama of patriotic carols

At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 1, in anticipation of America’s 231st Independence Day, the 79 members of Tyrone Presbyterian Church will present “A Panorama Of Patriotic Carols From Two Centuries,” led by Reverend Norman Huff.
Pastor Huff also will deliver a patriotic message on this first Sunday of July. Allegheny Chorale tenor Matthew Lehner will offer an opera and an oratorio solo, and Presbyterian organist Richard Merryman will feature “A Patriotic March And Two-Step” by Tyrone Composer Charles Farrand Zerbe.
Following the responsive prayer of confession, based on the 1901 African-American National Anthem, entitled “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” Pastor Huff will conduct the audience on a patriotic musical journey, allowing them to unite their voices as they sing beloved carols about America. Huff’s musical journey will commence with “The Star Spangled Banner,” continue with “The Battle Hymn Of The Republic,” and conclude with “Let There Be Peace On Earth.”
Allegheny Chorale tenor soloist and 1993 Tyrone graduate Matthew Lehner will offer a musical contrast to these patriotic carols when he sings George Frederic Handel’s opera solo, “Wherever You Walk” and Felix Mendelssohn’s sacred selection entitled “If With All Your Hearts Ye Truly Seek Him,” from the oratorio “Elijah.”
At the offertory, Presbyterian organist Richard Merryman will perform “A Patriotic March And Two-Step,” composed in 1901 by Charles Farrand Zerbe. Charles Zerbe was the father of long-time Presbyterian Burley Zerbe. According to officers of Tyrone’s Historical Society, the Tyrone Benedict’s Club probably utilized Zerbe’s March with Orchestra for their Gala Ball, first held on December 30, 1904, in the Junior Mechanics Building, where the Hess Building now stands. In performing this march, Merryman especially will feature the trumpet stops and drum sounds on the orchestral division of the 1998 Allen Digital Computer Organ, housed in Tyrone Presbyterian Church.
As America’s 231st Independence Day approaches, the 79 remaining members of Tyrone Presbyterian Church encourage citizens to give thanks for their Judeo-Christian heritage and to refresh themselves spiritually by joining them for 10:30 morning worship, this Sunday, July 1.