Love was in the air at Marco Presbyterian Church last Friday — love of God and love of others. Church members and friends, from Canada to the Isles of Capri, shared their musical talents at Marvelous Marco.
Love of God was evident in the opening prayer when Seasonal Pastor the Rev. Ron Whited said, “Marco Presbyterian Church has a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and to Scripture and they do it all with a smile on their face.”
And when Bob Hartman sang, “This is my prayer my humble plea, may the Lord be ever with me,” from “I’ll Walk with God,” of “Student Prince.”
Love was further evident when attendees heartily sang favorite hymns, such as “Put your Hand in the Hand” and “There’s Something about that Name.”
Love of God, music and fellow musicians was evident when Marylyn Reist played with sparkle and pizzazz Dino’s “My Tribute,” a medley of hymns that included “To God be the Glory.”
This love was also evident when the church’s bell choir performed “Dry Bones” and later the stirring “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Love of fun was evident when the Youth Group and a few volunteers from the audience did the “Cha Cha Slide.” The youth had practiced the dance but the volunteers found it challenging.
Love of fun was also evident when Women’s Ministry members performed a skit, complete with sparkling new shoes to highlight this year’s theme of walking with the Lord.
Love of family was evident as Anne Marie Delcompare introduced her son Lucca, 14, and daughter Grace Ann, 11, who performed Vivaldi’s “Double Concerto.”
And when Linda Sandlin escorted her 87-year-old father, Sam Willits up the stairs to sing “The Battle of Jericho” in his rich baritone voice.
Love of husband and wife was evident as John and Sandy Stein exchanged glances during their smooth jazz presentation of the Sentimental movement from the “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano.”
“It can never be said that Presbyterians are a quiet group,” said Jim Bolonda. “Excitement, music, love and fun filled the auditorium.”
“This was just a little glimpse of heaven, where we can all get together to sing and laugh,” said the Rev. William Lyle, lead pastor, in his closing remarks.