Two unions and three conferences converged on Sabbath, April 5 in Louisville, Ky. as worshippers from churches throughout the metropolitan area gathered to commemorate Christ’s sacrifice. The third annual Sing and Celebrate Spring Musical, hosted by Middletown Church, featured participants from nine area churches and ministries. The yearly musical promotes unity and provides an opportunity to share musical praise and build kingdom relationships.
Music lovers were blessed by singing pastors Jody Dickhaut (Louisville First) and Marius Serban (Middletown). Vocalists from Louisville Hispanic Church thrilled listeners with songs in Spanish, including a lilting rendition of “Gloria Aleluya”. Representatives from Magazine Street and New Life of the South Central Conference delivered heartfelt selections, Lake Union Conference members from Jeffersonville and New Albany in Southern Indiana lent their voices, and Pewee Valley members were excited to participate in the event for the first time. The Bluegrass Band featured talent from Louisville First, Middletown, and Taylor Mill, Ohio. The 18-voice Middletown Mass Choir debuted with a soaring choral arrangement of “The Power of the Cross”, accompanied by a six-piece band of keys, strings, and wind instruments. Louisville Adventist Academy students Ashley Porterfield, Tyra’Ann Thompson, and Mia Hunter harmonized on “Lead Me to the Cross”. Siblings, Joselyn and Jonathan Griffith, delivered a powerful scriptural recitation, and Olivia Matthews and Hannah Nunn rendered a beautiful duet. The Middletown Soldiers of Christ Pathfinder Club served enthusiastically as greeters and ushers.
The musical culminated was a heart-stirring rendition of “Side by Side” as believers of all ages, races, and backgrounds clasped hands across the aisles and urged each other to meet in Heaven by the Savior’s side. Afterwards, a fellowship reception allowed attendees to network and make new friends. We anticipate that glorious day when we can sing and celebrate throughout eternity. Pray that we all will be there.
—BY MELLANIE HUNTER