'O for a Thousand Tongues' Combined Worship Service Was Aptly Named

March 17, 2011

It was an amazing event. Last Sunday (March 13), the first Sunday of Lent, eight congregations of the Silicon Valley Circuit – nicknamed the "Integrated Circuit" – conducted a combined worship service so huge that only a high school could accommodate it.

Leigh High School in San Jose did the honors. Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. preached, Dr. Marcia McFee designed and led worship, and the Spirit moved!
 
The service was aptly named "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing." In truth, more than a thousand United Methodist tongues – 1200 of them – joined in celebrating one faith, one hope, and one Lord.
 
"The UMC San Jose District Integrated Circuit festivities this weekend were steeped in joy, celebration, and worship and were an inspiration to one and all," said Sue Larson, who photographed the service as well as the Saturday workshop taught by McFee. "May God be praised and honored as we live and serve in the light and mercy of God's grace for all!"
 
Larson's photographs are available to view in the following online galleries:
 
Worship Workshop at Los Gatos UMC with Dr. Marcia McFee
 
http://gallery.me.com/sueslarson#105787
 
http://gallery.me.com/sueslarson#105788
 
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Integrated Circuit Worship at Leigh High School
 
http://gallery.me.com/sueslarson#105832
 
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http://gallery.me.com/sueslarson#105857
 
Click on a thumbnail image to make it larger or see the other viewing options on the bottom left of the site. The images can be downloaded at a high resolution and printed for use by churches.
 
MP3 files of the entire service, including Bishop Brown's sermon, are available to download at http://siliconvalleychurch.org/ThousandTongues.htm.
 
Or just type siliconvalleychurch.org in your web browser and click on the link to more info about the "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing" service.
 
The congregations of the Integrated Circuit include: Almaden Hills, Cambrian Park, Evergreen Valley, New Creation, and Willow Glen in San Jose; Campbell UMC; Good Samaritan UMC in Cupertino; and Los Gatos UMC. The lay people of the circuit meet on a regular basis to discuss and plan joint ministry opportunities such as the March 13 service.