Thursday, November 22, 2007
First Presbyterian Church hosts annual shared service in commemoration of St. Andrew’s Day Sunday
Once again it’s time for the skirl of bagpipes to sound over Holly Springs.
On Sunday, November 25, First Presbyterian Church, Memphis Street at Gholson Avenue, will host the congregation of Christ Episcopal Church for the annual shared service in commemoration of St. Andrew’s Day, with the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans. The festival service will take place at 11 a.m. Weather permitting, the kilted pipers and drummers will present a concert outside the church before and after the one-hour service.
Guest preacher for the morning will be the Hon. Nicholas B. Phillips, of Iuka. Phillips is a practicing attorney in Iuka, also studying at Memphis Theological Seminary. He currently serves as reader-in-charge of the Church of Our Savior (Episcopal) in Iuka, and as student minister at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Biggersville.
“As a person who serves both Presbyterian and Episcopal congregations, we thought it would be highly appropriate to invite Mr. Phillips to be our guest preacher for this occasion,” said the Rev. Dr. Milton Winter, pastor of First Presbyterian.
The service will include the celebration of the Holy Communion with the Rev. Bruce D. McMillan, rector of Christ Church as the principal celebrant.
Steve Sanders of Gallowglass Pipers in Memphis will again play the bagpipes for the occasion. This will be the ninth annual service at which the Episcopal and Presbyterian congregations of Holly Springs have united to commemorate the Feast of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland and to celebrate the joint ministries they share in our community, including a cooperative youth fellowship, the annual service for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, with the Blessing of the Animals to benefit the Marshall County Humane Shelter, an annual Service for Environmental Emphasis Sunday at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, and (and with First United Methodist), an annual community Vacation Bible School.
Sunday’s offering will be received for New Hope Village, the Holly Springs Food Pantry and Homeless Shelter.
While the service is designed to recognize Scotland’s contribution to American religious life, persons of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds are cordially invited to participate. Children are welcome in the service, and a nursery is available.
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