First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe is hosting a five-week festival called “Summer in the Psalms.” Each week will feature a particular type of Psalm. The Psalter is the ancient hymnal of Israel; it also was the prayer book of Jesus. Dr. Geoffrey Lentz, Pastor of FUMC, will talk each Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. about how the Psalms can be a great resource to deepen your spirituality. Because the Psalter is a musical book, each week will integrate music from many different genres including: gospel, rock, folk, country, and jazz.
On Aug. 11, the focus will be Psalm 119 with "An Alphabet Song: Learning the Grammar of Faith" with music featuring the Sanctuary Choir (11 a.m.) and the Praise Band (9 a.m.) singing “Thy Word" by Amy Grant.
On Aug. 18, the focus will be on Psalm 150 with "Jazz: The Music of the Soul,” featuring Art Long, jazz saxophonist, playing “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane and accompanying the Sanctuary choir singing "Come Sunday" by Duke Ellington.
On Aug. 25, the focus is on Psalm 146 with "Hallelujah: The Soundtrack of Life" featuring Ann Comforter and Geoffrey Lentz singing “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.
On Sep. 1, the focus is on Psalm 88, "A Country Psalm: Learn to Lament,” featuring Living Waters singing “Unclouded Day" and "I Saw the Light."
And the grand finale is on Sep. 8, focusing on Psalm 22 with "A Gospel Song: Learning to Pray with Jesus," featuring the Nashville Gospel Singer/Song writer Jerry Salley. Jerry's songs have sold over 14 million records world-wide and received a prestigious Dove award.