Worshipers came with lawn chairs and seat cushions when about 150 attended the Sunday morning Outdoor Worship Service sponsored by the Morrow County Inter-church Council last week. The Mount Gilead State Park amphitheater was the setting for the worship service followed by a potluck picnic at the large, open pavilion.
Bryn Zion Pastor,Jeff Hubschman welcomed all and Steve Matson led worshipers in songs that included: “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands,” “I Love To Tell The Story,” and “This Little Light Of Mine.”
Vickie Counts spoke about the missions of the Inter-church Council to help those in the community who may have no other means to get help for food or housing. They also support area food pantries.
Rev. Steve Cummins of the First Baptist Church in Mount Gilead shared the “Peace of Christ” message and Rev. Deb Bowsher of Mount Gilead First Presbyterian Church gave the morning meditation based on Christ’s parables in Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52.
Rev. Jeff Canankamp of Mount Gilead Trinity United Methodist lead the group in prayer and the Inter-church choir offered special music.
Those attending brought a casserole or dessert as friends gathered to share a meal in the park’s pavilion. Mount Gilead Mayor Mike Porter said he hopes the tradition continues to have a community worship service next year and that more churches would participate.