This weekend, SOS offers joint choir Saturday, Sunday service focusing on education |

This weekend, SOS offers joint choir Saturday, Sunday service focusing on education

by E.D. Thyr

Tonight at 7 p.m., an exciting first at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church will usher in a new choir season with a special worship service in the new chapel of SOS.

The evening’s celebration will begin at 4 p.m. as members of the senior choir of Trinity Lutheran in Gardnerville join the members of the choir at Shepherd of the Sierra in a joint rehearsal, conducted by Dr. Robert Ruppel, the choirmaster of SOS. The rehearsal will provide the music for the Saturday Celebration to follow at 7 p.m.

A fellowship supper will be provided at 6 p.m. for all who participate in the joint rehearsal to give the members of the choirs the opportunity to get acquainted and share experiences relating to their choral backgrounds and the programs of their individual congregations.

The joint choir will hold an unusual “praise worship service,” based entirely on the Psalms of David. The prayers, the choir anthems, the praise songs sung by the congregation, the pastor’s message – even the offertory -will have their roots in the Psalms of David, reflecting the Christian message of the Old Testament and focusing on the Bible’s own emphasis on new songs of praise to God.

Everyone who enjoys singing contemporary praise songs will be blessed in the Bible-centered praise music featured at this service.

Everyone is welcome, especially those whose work schedule makes a Sunday morning service impossible to attend. Depending on the number of newcomers who find this service a blessing in their lives, it is possible that this will become a regular part of the weekend worship program of Shepherd of the Sierra in the future.

Christian education will be the focus on Sunday morning at SOS, as Sunday school and Bible classes begin the fall season at 9:45 a.m. in the chapel.

In addition to the individual children’s classes based on age level, Shepherd of the Sierra again focuses on its youth, with an exciting teen study taught by Craig and Caren Witt, whose identification with teens has been established over the years.

The pastor’s class for adults will begin with a series of classes focusing on the parables of our Lord. The short stories told by Jesus Christ have a major bearing on the life of human beings in the 21st century and will share God’s Word plan for them as they struggle through their daily lives.

The worship services for Sunday’s Rally Day observance will focus on the importance of Christian education as articulated in the Word of God. The theme for Pastor Thyr’s message for the morning will be, “Why Prejudice Your Kids Against Crank?” The lessons from the Word of God will speak about the responsibility of parents in sharing moral values with their children.

Why not join us this Sunday -8:30 or 11 a.m. – for Rally Day and at 9:45 a.m. for the start of a new Christian education program.

SOS is located on Highway 395 about halfway between Target and the Highway 50 entrance to Carson City.

For more information, call 267-3680.

E.D. Thyr is pastor of Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church.