New Lenox church plans patriotic performance
BY DENISE M. BARAN-UNLAND Correspondent July 3, 2013 11:10AM
In 2011, "Missions in Action," a youth mission team from Michigan, presented an all-age patriotic concert at Victory Baptist Church in New Lenox. This year, the church's own members will do the presenting. | Supplied photo
If you go
What: “We Love America”
When: 2 p.m. July 7
Where: Victory Baptist Church, 112 Church St., New Lenox
Etc: Patriotic music, sing-along songs, patriotic readings and recognition of veterans
Information: Visit www.victorybaptistchurch.org or call 815-726-7729
Updated: August 5, 2013 5:53PM
Many people may not know that “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful” and “My Country ’Tis of Thee” each has four stanzas.
Those who attend a performance Sunday at Victory Baptist Church in New Lenox just might hear all of them. The church will present “We Love America,” a free, all-age program of patriotic music, sing-along songs, patriotic readings and recognition to United States veterans.
“We will also sing the themed songs of the different Armed Forces,” Pastor James Loller said. “Our veterans made our freedom possible. We owe them a great debt so this is a good opportunity to honor them.”
Two years ago, Victory Baptist Church, which also offers cantatas at Christmas and Easter, hosted its first Independence Day event. That year, “Missions in Action,” the missions team from the youth group at First Baptist Church of Troy in Troy, Mich., performed the music.
This year, the church’s own choir and cantata will be providing the entertainment. Heritage Baptist Church in Frankfort is lending its brass ensemble for the occasion.
Loller said the music will be a mixture of familiar and unfamiliar pieces. Song lyrics will be available to encourage singing along, especially for the stanzas that are less known.
“We want to emphasize the good things God has done for our country,” Loller said, “and to give Him thanks and blessings for the national freedom we enjoy.
“Everyone’s welcome to the celebration, no matter what their background or church affiliation is.”