A 30-voice choir and musicians comprised of members of nine churches will present a patriotic musical at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Newton.


A 30-voice choir and musicians comprised of members of nine churches will present a patriotic musical at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Newton. The presentation will be directed by Rachel Hill Newell, director of the First Presbyterian Church chancel choir. The public is invited.

“America is a good place to celebrate the joy of living and living free. On July 4, we will celebrate our nation's freedom, autonomy and self-rule,” a news release stated. “In observance of this, an opportunity will be offered for all to reflect on God’s truth and share music and prayer for our country and its leaders.”

To be performed is a collection of songs including traditional pieces, such as: “America the Beautiful,” “My Country ’Tis of Thee,” “O God Our Help in Ages Past” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Also included is a medley of gospel favorites: “I’ll Fly Away,” “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In,” as well as original pieces. The audience will have a chance to sing Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” together. Accompanist will be Janelle Courtright. Soloist will be Chris Lewis.

There is no admission charge. Non-perishable items (snacks and candy) for troop members abroad will be accepted at the door for delivery overseas.