The theme of today’s worship is “A Psalm for Every Season,” which explores how the Psalms can help us celebrate the seasons of the Christian year: Advent, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension, and the Feast of Christ our King. The Psalm settings, set to familiar tunes, are taken from the Psalter for Christian Worship, a collection of all 150 Psalms by Michael Morgan. Each will be introduced with a few words to set them in the proper liturgical context, and the congregation will be invited to sing. As a visual aid, there will be on display translations of Psalm 23 from the first 3 English Bibles authorized to be read in churches: the Great Bible of Henry VIIII (1539), the Bishops’ Bible of Queen Elizabeth (1568), and a beautiful first printing of the King James Bible (1611).
Our worship leader is Michael Morgan, a native of Pine Mountain, Georgia, who holds degrees in Organ Performance from Florida State University, a Masters in Library Science from Atlanta University, and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from King University. He has served as organist for congregations in Florida, California, Arkansas, and at Central Presbyterian Church here in Atlanta for nearly 40 years. He also served as Musician at Columbia Theological Seminary for 20 years. Michael has played a number of recitals around the country, and performed in organ seminars in England, Germany, and France, and for worship services in London and Geneva. He has been collecting English Bibles for over 50 years, and his library, with over 6,000 volumes representing virtually every translation in English, is considered the most comprehensive private collection in the country. He has done presentations, lectures, and exhibits across the United States and in Canada. His greatest pleasures are sharing his Bible collection with others and assisting in the leadership of worship for wonderful congregations like North Decatur Presbyterian Church.