On Saturday, February 22nd, Grace & Truth RP Mission Church (Harrisonburg, Virgina, USA) hosted its second annual community ‘Psalm Sing’ at the Old Massanutten Lodge in Keezletown. The Lodge is a beautiful, historic building not far from the city of Harrisonburg. The congregation orchestrated this event because many of the Christians in the area have never sung the psalms. We want to share with them this rich experience! It has also been a good way to introduce folks to the Reformed faith and to the RPCNA.
I put together a program of 12 Psalm selections from The Book of Psalms for Worship. Each one is quoted in the New Testament in reference to the life, death, and ministry of Christ. This was a great opportunity to introduce the Psalter as a whole to those in attendance and to make a few comments before singing each Psalm. Our goal was to help people see Christ in the Psalms, and to appreciate Psalm-singing with understanding, in the light of New Testament revelation.
We spent about an hour explaining and singing the Psalms. Afterward, we enjoyed a great time of fellowship with plenty of food, a fire pit, and s’mores for the children. (For the uninitiated, s’mores are a popular–if messy–campfire snack here in America: roasted marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers!)
The congregation did a lot to promote the Psalm Sing, but the most effective means of gathering people was simply through word of mouth through the connections we had already made in the community. There were more than 85 people in attendance, which is more than double the size of the congregation! We give all glory to God for the apparent success of this well-attended event.
by Ryan Bever
Pastor Ryan Bever graduated from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in May of 2017 and accepted a call to Grace & Truth around the same time. Ryan and his wife Betsy have four children: Matthias, Madeline, Maelie, and Mason. Together, they have enjoyed making their transition to the Harrisonburg area. Ryan has a passion for preaching, evangelism, and church planting and is hopeful that Grace & Truth will continue to grow and flourish.