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Local church to observe 'Laetere Sunday' this week

Mar. 09, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- One local church is opening its doors to the public for a special observance for Lent.

Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church will observe "Laetere Sunday" for the fourth Sunday of Lent during its service of worship at beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 10.

The word "Laetere" comes from the Latin word for "rejoice," the Rev. Jack Lipphardt said in a press release from the church. "Laetere" is the opening word of a historic Latin introit for worship during the fourth Sunday of Lent.

Music featured during the event will include trumpets and pipe organ accompaniment for "God Is Our Refuge," which was written by renowned choral conductor and composer Allen Pote.

Trumpeters during the event will be Briana Blankenship, adjunct instructor of music and graduate assistant at the Marshall University and Joshua Matthews, high school all-state band member from Huntington High School.

The church's bell choir will perform a prelude featuring Catherine McMichael's "Concert Variations on "Slane," commonly known as "Be Thou My Vision."

The contemporary service, which begins at 9 a.m., will feature "Ember," a praise band that leads music for the church's services. A service that will begin at 10:55 a.m. will be traditional in nature.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church is located on 5th Avenue at 10th Street, downtown Huntington.

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