Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing God’s praise in the assembly of the faithful.” Psalm 149
We love music! It’s our favorite way to worship! This year’s music program includes guest singers twice a month, and Sunday is going to be a special day!
Richard Parker, Singer, Entertainer, (and Elvis impersonator, which he will not be doing Sunday) will be leading the Worship Service. He grew up in Maine in a musical family. His two older sisters sang frequently at school events, church, and on television. His grandfather played the piano by ear and toured the United States, accompanying crusades for Christ. His grandmother played the church piano and organ. Surrounded by a musical family, he and his wife were Homeland Missionaries in Maine, Michigan, New York State, and Florida. He began preaching at age 19, and has an extensive background in youth work and summer camp.
He sang in a men’s quartet, and a men’s double quartet, that produced albums of men’s Gospel music. The group toured the United States and Canada. Until recently he had a singing ministry in Virginia where he did mostly solo work in a variety of venues such as churches, political events, prisons, and television. He developed an Elvis Pressley impersonation repertoire that focused on Elvis’ Gospel music.His singing ministry includes a variety of styles — contemporary Gospel, ballads, and patriotic music.
He is a bi-vocational ordained Pastor-Evangelist. As a Master Electrician he specializes in residential, commercial, and generators. He and his wife raised five children, one of whom is a youth pastor. He recently moved to New Boston, and lives with his wife, Bonnie. Come prepared to worship through music!
The Worship Service will include a Tribute to Veterans, and all veterans are invited to come and be honored.
One Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick the music, the three hymns. After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in the offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with the congregation and said he’d like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate. Rosie, who sat all the way in the back, shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns. Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to three bachelors and said, “I’ll take him and him and him!”
“When I am sad, I sing, and then others are sad with me.”