Oklahoma faith briefs for Nov. 23, 2019
Interfaith service set
The 72nd annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, 600 NW 13.
The event is the oldest continuous interfaith service in Oklahoma City, having begun in 1947. The service will feature a combined choir from the sponsoring congregations and prayers of gratitude will be offered by representatives from a variety of different faith traditions.
The Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell, executive director at the Native American Comprehensive Plan of the United Methodist Church, will be this year's keynote speaker. The service will be followed by a reception in First Unitarian's fellowship hall. The service is co-sponsored by Temple B'nai Israel, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ and First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City.
The event is free and open to the public.
Choir returns to OKC
The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City, 131 NW 4.
The choir's "Just As I Am" tour combines traditional hymns with African cultural sounds and a visual story of God’s faithfulness. The concert is free and open to all. A free-will offering will be taken at the performance to support the choir's programs, such as education care and relief and development programs.
The African Children’s Choir, a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization, has performed for presidents, heads of state and most recently, the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The choir also has had the honor of singing alongside recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith and other inspirational performers.
Music for Life, the parent organization for the choir, works in seven African countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. It has educated more than 52,000 children and impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. By focusing on providing education, the organization's purpose is to help Africa’s most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow.
The Rev. Jim Shields, a retired United Methodist minister, received the Sikh Gurdwara of Oklahoma's third annual "Guru Nanek Interfaith Award" at a celebration on Nov. 17 at the Sikh house of worship, 4529 NW 16.
The presentation occurred as the Sikh faith community commemorated the 550th birthday of the Guru Nanek, the founder of Sikhism. The Sikh community planned to donate $500 to the charity of Shield's choice as part of the congregation's recognition of his interfaith endeavors.
"Simple Hymns Series: Songs of Thanksgiving" (Venture3Media).
From the record label: Venture3Media continues its Simple Hymns series with the Nov. 8 release of "Simple Hymns: Songs of Thanksgiving" featuring such well-known worship leaders as Pat Barrett (Housefires), Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer), Derri Daugherty (The Choir), Kelly Minter, Anthony Skinner and others. The 10-hymn album is available at iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and additional digital and streaming outlets globally. Each new recording in the Simple Hymns series combines classic hymns with a fresh interpretation, some with additional lyrics, as well as new songs that have been written and recorded in a hymn-like style and focusing on the majesty and greatness of God. "Songs of Thanksgiving" is the third of several new recordings in the series. The new album follows the "Songs Of Worship" and "Songs Of Redemption" albums that are currently at Christian retailers and Amazon.com. Future Simple Hymns releases that are already being developed will feature hymns set around communion, praise, Christmas and Easter.