Weekly Message from Rev. Perkins
Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in June of 1953. Several composers wrote music for the service. One of those pieces was a setting of Old Hundredth, a psalm tune we know as The Doxology and All People That On Earth Do Dwell. The composer was Ralph Vaughan Williams and the setting included three trumpets. The choir will be doing this piece on Sunday along with another anthem using trumpets. Why such grand music? We are celebrating the 15 years that I have been pastor here at HPPC on this coming Sunday both in the morning and at the Autumn Banquet at Bella Via in the afternoon. The Old Hundredth anthem was also performed at my ordination in June of 1982.
My fifteenth anniversary was actually the end of August so technically I’m already well into my 16th year. It has been a wonderful place to be in ministry with a marvelous staff and a caring congregation. I didn’t really expect to be here this long but am glad it has worked out this way. I especially want to thank the congregation for all the little ways they have helped me raise my four children. Also thank you for understanding how I had to care for myself first in these last 18th months of handling heart failure and other health issues. I’m doing much better now and ready to face the future.
During my time here we have done some new things; Jazz worship, Homecoming Sunday, Bagpiper Sunday, Blessing of the animals, Blessing of the backpacks, and so on. New folks have come into the congregation as others have moved or passed away. Some new outreach ministries have happened and rummage sales have set records. The congregation is healthy and whole although there are always new opportunities that arise. My fifteen years have gone so quickly for me and I hope for you as well.