Georgia State University vocalists Maria Margiolakou, soprano, and Ryan Henry, baritone, under direction of W. Dwight Coleman and accompanied by Rolando Salazar, pianist, performed a selection of opera pieces including a humorous sketch dealing with a young woman’s obsession with the telephone, to the dismay of the young man attempting to ask her to marry him.
Each year, First Presbyterian Church commemorates our denomination’s Scottish heritage with a Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan service, in which participants process into the sanctuary carrying banners representing their clan’s tartan, and receive the Church’s blessing on their clan. You may find more information on the origins and details of this tradition at this site: http://www.fpchighlands.com/docs/KirkinTartans.pdf
Beadle Duncan Greenlee led the processional into the sanctuary carrying the great Bible. Accompanied by Angie Jenkins on organ, bagpipers Margaret Tooke and Glen Morris marched ahead of the standard-bearers, piping “Highland Cathedral” as the Prelude.
Pastor Curtis Fussell offered the Opening Litany, Prayer of Confession and Assurance of God’s Grace. The morning’s scripture reading was Ephesians 1:17-23, and Curtis’ sermon considered the ways in which God’s hand directs our path, comforts and holds us in every aspect of our lives.
The worship service included a Necrology and Memorial Prayer for all those in our congregation who have passed on into the Church Triumphant since last August. Bagpipers Margaret and Glan played “The Flowers of the Forest” as a Remembrance.
Immediately following the worship service, a “Kirkin’ Parade” took place down Highlands’ Main Street. Beadle Duncan and the bagpipers again led the standard-bearers, pealing out hymns from the Scottish Highlands as they marched.
We have been happy to bring back our summer Interlude program this year, after missing out in 2020. On July 7 the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival presented two concerts in our sanctuary: “Musical Fireworks” with Dr. William Ransom, pianist and director of the festival, Charae Krueger, cellist, and Alice Hong, violinist, performing.
On July 8 a Children’s Concert, also offered by the Chamber Music Festival, featured a performance of “Peter & the Wolf” and “Ferdinand the Bull” narrated by Lois Reitzes with musicians Alice Hong on violin and pianists Julie Coucheron and William Ransom. A child-pleasing ice cream social sponsored by Kilwins followed in Coleman Hall.
On July 21 the Trey Clegg Singers offered a stirring vocal concert entitled “Lift Every Voice.”
The August 4 Interlude featured Stell Huie, baritone, Angie Jenkins, pianist, and Larry Black, trumpeter. Stell performed a varied selection of love songs, show tunes, spirituals and patriotic hymns.