The Clarinda (Iowa) RP Church hosted the Midwest Presbytery’s Thanksgiving Psalm-sing on Saturday, November 18, 2023. This annual event is typically held within a week of the USA Thanksgiving holiday, and its location rotates through host congregations in northeast Kansas, northern Missouri, and southwestern Iowa.

In order to accommodate more people than our church building can comfortably hold, we borrowed building space from our gracious friends of the Harvest Fellowship church in the nearby town of Shambaugh, IA. This proved to be an excellent location with a large auditorium for singing, and an attached fellowship hall where we enjoyed a shared meal together afterwards.

Members of seven different Reformed Presbyterian congregations came together for this Psalm-sing, including a van-load that traveled from as far away as Clay Center, Kansas (nearly a three-and-a-half-hour drive!) Additionally, we had several local friends, from as many as six different churches in the Clarinda area, come join us in the experience of singing Psalms. Altogether we had nearly one hundred people of all ages in attendance.

Our Pastor, Jonathan Haney, led the initial portion of the Psalm sing with a series of meditations through Psalm 107 on the theme of “Giving Thanks in all Circumstances”. Those gathered reflected on and admonished one another through the singing of Psalm 107 in it’s entirety, which contains variations on this repeated refrain:

“So let them give thanks for the Lord’s gracious love and the wonders He does for mankind”.

After completely Psalm 107, we contineued singing for almost another hour, taking several requests from those in attendanceMany people took turns coming up front to lead the singing, and we ended our time of praise with an invigorating rendition of Psalm 98A (BOPFW) Through the provisions of several members of Clarinda RPC, along with the generous contributions of several guests, we concluded our time together with a delightful meal and an extended time of fellowship before our friends had to embark on their lengthy journeys home.

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