The Mid-South District Convention Opening Service – Declaring His Marvelous Works!
“Declare His Marvelous Works!” With the words of the psalmist David as recorded in the book of 1 Chronicles, the 300 people in attendance at the Opening Service of the 21st Regular Convention of the Mid-South District, held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, boldly declared the Lord’s glory, praising God for His marvelous works, much like the apostles who, as LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison pointed out in his sermon, “couldn’t shut up” about their Savior’s miraculous deeds.
The Psalms were found throughout the service: in confession, in absolution, in prayer, in thanksgiving, and in the beautiful choral music directed by Chris Cardona and accompanied by Martha Israel on piano and organ, and enhanced by a brass quartet. As the congregational delegates brought forward their offering –designated to go toward the Scholarship Fund for Pastors and Commissioned Church Workers who are burdened with significant educational debt — the choir declared “let every tongue on every shore, proclaim the glory of the Lord!”
In addition to President Harrison as proclaimer, Senior Pastor Chuck Neugebauer of CTK served as celebrant and Associate Pastor Mark Goble served as liturgist. Assisting with Communion were the Rev. Dr. Roger Paavola, Rev. Michael Croom, Rev. Clayton Sellers, and Rev. Sawyer Meyers. The organist for the congregation was Michella Novy.
The service was preceded by a seated dinner, underwritten by the Mid-South District, in the new Fellowship Hall at Christ the King. Coordinated by CTK member Natalie Martin and staffed by amazing CTK volunteers, the dinner was delicious and the table décor, including fresh flowers from local florist Lynn Doyle Flowers, was delightful. Caterers were Natalia and Chris Lee.
The worship service was live-streamed and may be watched on-demand at https://ctkmemphis.com/live-video-streaming.