Life@Morningside for March 9, 2014
Anna Best

Life @ Morningside for March 9, 2014

Dr.  Baron Mullis, preaching    "Where The Wild Things Are

Texts:  Genesis   9:8-17 and Mark 1:9-15



The organ music and the anthem this morning were composed during the 18th and 19th centuries in 
Italy, and all were intended for the church service. This morning’s setting of the Sanctus is a rare example of new world polyphony - music written in a European Renaissance style by Spanish monks in missions of Mexico and California (in Sancho’s case, Mission San Antonio.) Giuseppe Gherardeschi, 1759-1815, was organist and composer at the Cathedral in Pistoia, a town close to Florence. The anonymous piece is also from the archives of the Pistoia Cathedral. Vincenzo Petrali, 1832-1889, was organist/choirmaster in Bergamo, and wrote almost exclusively for organ and for voice for liturgical use. All of this organ music shows the great influence opera had on the church music of Italy from the late 16th century to the 20th century.

Gioacchino Rossini, 1792-1868, was from Pesaro.  He wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music and chamber music. The anthem, "O Salutaris Hostia," was intended to be sung in the church during Lent, yet shows the "bel canto" style of singing so popular during the early 19th century in Italian opera.



During Lent we will hang our beautiful Lenten banners in the sanctuary. Lenten Banner #1 entitled “Hand in Hand Amidst the Journey,” represents the beginning of Lent with the unsettled turmoil that we come with to the beginning of Lent. The issues of life, questions, cares and deep sighs of the soul, along with the story of Jesus' death stir us deeply. The maroons, golds, rusts and burgundy batik fabrics represent the thunderstorm of emotions that come with Lent.

Lenten Banner #2 entitled “Labor Along the Journey,” represents the last few weeks of Lent. The thunderstorm has subsided. We are coming to the end of Lent. Though many questions and concerns linger, the peace of Christ walks with us along the journey. The work or labor continues but the reassurance of the Holy Love of God through Jesus gives us comfort. The batik fabrics in shades of blue, gold and rusts represent the calming and comfort of God, as we come to the last few weeks of Lent.



Join the Morningside family for the 30th Hunger Walk/Run after church today. This event is facilitated by the MPC Young Adults in partnership with the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. The Hunger Walk/Run benefits six local hunger relief organizations that operate and support hundreds of food pantries, shelters, community kitchens, senior centers and child care centers across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. You can wear your new MPC T-shirt! For more information contact Katye Watts.



One Gray Hair will meet at noon this Wednesday, March 12 for lunch and a program in Fellowship Hall. Our speaker is Morningside member Daisy Ottmann, and she will do a program on her trip to Italy last fall. RSVP to rsbrownlee1026@att.net.  



Lydia Circle will hold their next meeting on Thursday, March 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the home of Tara Parrish (1206 Cumberland Rd.). Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share.



Please keep the following in your prayers as they travel to New Orleans to volunteer this Wednesday through Sunday (March 12-16): Roland Behm, Bonnie Daneker, Shawn Holoway, Jack Klotz, Suzanne & Will Lee, Anthony Owens, Lloyd Prince, Laura Robinson, Jackie Wardlaw, John Watson.



The first Tuesday in March is Shrove Tuesday, so we are pushing Theology on Tap to the second Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. Our host will be John Blevins (33 Beverly Road, NE, Atlanta 30309). Looking down the road, our next Theology on Tap will be on April 8.  Richard Brownlee will host at the home of Ken Sharpe.



Saturday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon MPP will partner right here in the church parking lot with Atlanta Paint Disposal to collect and recycle or dispose of household items in an environmentally friendly manner. Our preschool will earn 15 percent of fees from items turned in to help fund preschool environmental projects. Please join us, and for more information contact mpp@morningsidepc.org.



Many thanks to the Handbell Choir for providing dinner for 30 men at Journey this evening. Whether you are an individual or a group that would like to volunteer, contact shepherd Tamara Nix tamaranix@yahoo.com to sign up for a second Sunday in months to come.



Our spring Habitat continues. Sign up on the mission bulletin board to build on one of the remaining Saturdays (March 22, 29 or April 5). Contact shepherd Lynsley Tyler with questions lynsley @bellsouth.net



Be sure to pick up a coin bank today in order to help us raise funds for the programs at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta during Lent. These funds support the clown program and other programs which support patients and their families at Children's.



Registration forms are available on the bulletin board across from the nursery and also on the church website for Mission Camp, July 21-25. Contact Melinda Sandkam with questions.



MPC and MPP will partner to collect diapers (all sizes), baby wipes and gently used spring and summer clothing for children infant through 5 years old for Our House, the preschool in Decatur which serves families that are facing homelessness.  Place your items in baskets in Welcome Center and Preschool entrance March 10-28.



Forms are now available on line and at the church for Vacation Bible School. Sign up today! All Aboard the Ark Vacation Bible School is June 16-20 for those who will be four years old by September 1 through 5th grade (with leadership opportunities for youth).



Morningside Presbyterian Preschool’s Summer Storytellers Camp will open a whole new library of opportunities for your children age 2 to 5 this summer! We have eight “chapters” or weeks of camp, with a fun theme that will be explored by our librarians/ teachers in a different way for each age group. Dates are June 2 through August 1 with one week off for VBS and hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration forms available online. If you have any questions about Summer Storytellers Camp,  contact Christi Feeney at cfeeney@morningsidepc.org.



Everyone is invited to join the couples group this Friday, March 14 for a meal and fellowship at 
7 p.m. at the home of Kathy and Alan Bremer. To RSVP or for more information, contact Kathy Bremer kdbremer@bellsouth.net.



The flowers in the sanctuary this morning are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Trenton Tunnell, Jr. by his sons Trenton, Spencer, and Steven.

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