The Lakes of Paducah is a wonderful assisted living facility here in our community. Wednesday night, as our 2017 SUMMER OF SERVICE continued, our goal was to “love on” the Lakes residents – some of our faithful church members are among those residents – and to provide for everyone gathered an evening of beautiful and inspirational music. Church family: job well done!
Just before folks began to gather on the lawn, puffy clouds far ahead of Tropical Storm Cindy coalesced overhead, blocking the most direct sunlight and dropping the temps by at least 5 degrees – accompanied by a gentle breeze off the water. A perfect and unexpected surprise on the first day of summer! The outdoor venue was absolutely breathtaking.
The evening began with a welcome by Dr. Bob Meriwether, and a time of prayer. And throughout the evening, the hospitality and fellowship were exquisite.
The music was spectacular – glorious anthems and riveting solos alike – with each selection chosen and timed by Pastor Howie to tell the story of God’s grace. Pastor Tommy interspersed a few thoughts about the power of Christ’s teaching “by the lake” (Mark 4:1). The residents and their guests, some of them watching from the upper balcony, expressed their delight with applause and an occasional “Encore!”
The Lakes staff blessed us with chilled lemonade and cookies, and a few of the residents gave our church members a tour of their elegant apartments and grounds. As the event drew to a close, First Baptist Paducah gave every Lakes resident a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers.
In the words of Mrs. Gloria Meriwether in a text to me just this morning: “Thank you so much for bringing the choir to the Lakes. It was a beautiful evening.”
May Jesus Christ be praised! I’ll see you Sunday morning.