Rising Sun Builds Community Through Music
For about 25 years, Chesapeake Conference’s Rising Sun church has hosted a weekly, nondenominational gospel music program. Every Friday evening, musicians, singers and listeners gather at the church tucked in the northeast corner of Maryland to praise God in song, share their testimonies and pray together. Stanley “Bo” Pierce, head elder at the church, acts as emcee for the event, sharing his original compositions and encouraging guests of all ages to use their talents for the glory of God.
Story by Samantha Young
Attendance varies each week, ranging from 25 to 50. Most who come are not Seventh-day Adventists, but many consider Rising Sun their church home.
At the end of each meeting, the group sings “Amazing Grace” and joins hands to form a circle and pray together. “It’s very much like having a third church in my district except I don’t preach to them, I sing,” says Ken Coleman, pastor at Rising Sun.
One new member, Rhea Karlsson, was baptized after attending the musical program and finding a spiritual home at Rising Sun church. Friends from the Gospel Sing attended her baptism last June.
Trish Tome, a regular attendee, says that the Gospel Sing is a wonderful way to end the week. “It’s a time,” she reflects, “when you can put all the stress of life behind you and enjoy the peace and companionship of fellow Christians.”