A Summer of Songs

Dear PCBW Family,

Summer in the Wood River Valley means music - and lots of it!  It is a central part of the life of our community and is everywhere!  From the summer symphony to Ketch’em Alive to Jazz in the Park to the Limelight or the Wicked Spud or any of a number of other restaurant and tavern venues, one can find quality (and free!) live music here almost every day of the week during July and August.

Songs and singing are not just important in the Wood River Valley, but are a very important part of the Bible as well, which is why this summer we are going to be studying together the Bibles songbook - the book of Psalms - a fancy biblical name for song.

Songs and singing are not just important in the Wood River Valley, but are a very important part of the Bible as well, which is why this summer we are going to be studying together the Bibles songbook - the book of Psalms - a fancy biblical name for song.  While we won’t have time to study all one hundred and fifty of these songs, we will see that there are particular categories of songs in Psalms, and will be looking at examples of each.  We will look at songs of thanksgiving, songs of praise, songs that offer wisdom, songs that express sorrow, songs that express anger - and as we do what we will see is that together these songs touch on the whole of human experience - and by doing so offer God’s people encouragement, hope, wisdom, solace, and much, much more.

Speaking of songs, I’m thrilled that one of the places in our community where you can experience great live music is on Sunday mornings here at PCBW!  As most of you know, this past March we were privileged to be able to bring Trent Austin to PCBW as our new Worship and Music Director. Trent, as many of you already know, has served a number of prominent churches in the southeast, including Lifechurch.tv, Journey Church, Amplify Church, and most recently Victory Church in Oklahoma City. In addition Trent has played with or produced songs for many top Christian musicians and worship groups such as Mercy Me, Chris Tomlin, Passion, and many others.  And while Trent’s gifts and talents in music and worship are obvious every time he pounds on piano keys or picks his guitar or begins to sing, what has been an even greater joy is seeing the reality of Jesus in his life.  Praise God for bringing Trent and his music to PCBW!

In addition, our choir will be singing most Sundays at both our contemporary worship service at 9:30 AM, and our traditional service at 11:00 AM.  If you are interested in not just hearing music, but participating by singing, the choir has a place for you!  If you are interested, please don’t hesitate to contact our choir director, Patty Parsons, as I know she’d be thrilled to have you!

Looking forward to a great summer of song!

Peace, Mark