Precious Craft's 'Voices of Faith' to Open 'Together We Serve' Service This Sunday

November 12, 2009

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., Resident Bishop of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, will celebrate Communion with churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The United Methodist Church, this Sunday (November 15, 2009), at a special service at First UMC, Sacramento.

The service, "Together We Serve," celebrates the new status of full communion between the UMC and ELCA denominations. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. with music by "The Voices of Faith," directed by Precious Craft. Craft, Director of Music at Shattuck Avenue UMC in Oakland, also is the Conference's representative to the National Council of Churches. 
Clergy are encouraged to arrive and be in place at 6:30 p.m. to process at that time, in robe and red stole. Laity are asked to be seated to enjoy the music. 
After the pre-service music, the formal service will begin at 7 p.m., with Bishop Holmerud of the ELCA preaching. Music will be provided by a joint choir from St. John's Lutheran Church and First UMC, along with brass and handbells.
An offering will be taken to support homeless ministries in Sacramento.  
First UMC is located at 2100 "J" Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.