By David Rogers. April 11, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — A double dose of blessing greeted a full house of worshipers Sunday morning at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock.
COVER IMAGE: The Appalachian State University Treble Choir packed the choir loft at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church on Sunday, delivering special music for the full sanctuary of worshipers.
Although the congregation still mourns the loss of the church’s interim pastor, Rev. Charlie Landreth, to a medical event last month that led to his retirement in Florida for rehabilitation, Rumple’s leadership has leaned on the church’s rich history and strong regional relationships to fashion worship service solutions while the search committee continues its normal process of identifying a permanent replacement.
On Sunday, Rumple welcomed back to the pulpit a familiar face, Rev. Larry Lyon, who served the church as pastor for eight years, from 1998 until 2006, when he was called to West End Presbyterian Church, West End, NC (in the Southern Pines/Pinehurst area).
In addition, the Rumple congregation was treated to special music from the Treble Choir of Appalachian State University, under the direction of Dr. Priscilla Porterfield. The nearly 30-voice, all-women’s choir offered a choral introit, “Dawn” (by Houston Bright); the anthem, “Sunrise” (by Houston Bright); the offertory, “Holy, Holy” (traditional tune arranged by Carolyn Kellert); and the choral benediction, “Jesu, Dulcis Memoria” (by Michael Cleveland).
After reflection of his earlier time in serving as Rumple’s pastor and the 10 years since he left, Rev. Lyons focused on the lessons of Psalm 23, explaining to the congregation, “I used to think that Psalm 23 had been so overused that it became almost cliche.” But in recent years, he added, it has grown to have special meaning for him. He then proceeded to dissect the familiar Bible passage and the key takeaways for him, personally, interjecting thoughts of where society and popular culture have gone astray.
Mixing his deft use of humor sprinkled with profound insight, Lyon kept the congregation laughing, thinking, and perhaps there were even folks with “leaky eyes.”
After the worship service, a majority in the congregation stayed for the church’s “Second Sunday Lunch,” hosted by the High School Youth as a fundraiser for two mission trips this year.
Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church is located at 1218 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC. Telephone: 828-295-7675. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.rumplechurch.org.