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Presbyterian choir to start 76th singing season

Seventy years ago in 1937, even with the Great Depression and the prospect of World War II on the horizon, these 20 members of the Presbyterian Choir had something to smile about. They enjoyed singing with each other. In this picture, they pose on the portico in front of the sanctuary of their 1927 greystone gothic building. In their 76th season of singing, the Presbyterian Choir, now composed of different church members, will return to the loft this Sunday, October 7 to lead worship for world communion Sunday. The 1937 choir members in this picture include, first row, from left: Betty Crownover, Mardell Fink, unidentified, Faye Kephart, Evelyn Gearhart and Lillian Miller. Second row: Eugene Dayton (Director), Florence Grant, unidentified, Elizabeth Laird (Choir Mother), Jane Brown, Harriet Cowher and June Glenn. Third row: Clinton Singer, Fred Phillips, Horace Elder and William Barr. Back row: Dr. Joseph Speer (Pastor), Glenn Waring, Calvin Elder and David Grove. (Courtesy photo)

At 10:30 morning worship this Sunday, October 7, the adult choir of Tyrone’s Presbyterian Church will open their 76th Season Of Singing, as they assist Cantor Deborah Huff Estright, and Pastor Mark Liller in leading A Service For World Communion Sunday.
76 years ago, in 1931, Tyrone Presbyterian organist Eugene Dayton and choir mother Elizabeth Laird organized The Westminster Choir to replace A Professional Quartet. Under the capable direction of Clarence Black, the professional quartet had led the music of morning and evening worship from about 1912 until 1930.
Mrs. Deborah Estright, Director Of Tyrone’s Allegheny Chorale will serve as Cantor for Sunday’s Communion Service. She will lead the audience when they sing John Oxenham’s World Communion Hymn entitled, “In Christ There Is No East Or West / In Him No South Or North / But One Great Fellowship Of Love / Throughout The Whole Broad Earth.” During The Lord’s Supper, Mrs. Estright will encourage people to envision The Miracle they witness in Communion as they sing “You Satisfy The Hungry Heart / With Gift Of Finest Wheat / Come Give To Us O Saving Lord / The Bread Of Life To Eat.”
Epworth Chaplain and Presbyterian Preacher Reverend Mark Liller will bring the morning message, based on The First Chapter Of Second Timothy. Pastor Liller’s message will ask the provocative question — “Are You Ashamed Of Jesus?”
In a world divided by wars and rumors of wars, the 78 members of Tyrone Presbyterian Church again invite people to join them in A Service Of Christian Unity at 10:30 on this Sunday. There, they will spread The Good News Of World Communion, embodied well in this Choir Anthem — “We are now A Family / Of which The Lord is head / Now unseen He meets us here / In The Breaking of The Bread.”