Dedication. If a single word were to be used to describe next Sunday’s vesper participants, that would be it.

    Take Pastor Jim Tweedie, for instance. As minister at the Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church in Seaview, he will have already conducted his regular Sunday morning service. The 3 p.m. vesper service in Oysterville will be his second church duty for the day. Like each of the pastors who conduct worship services at the summer vespers programs, Reverend Tweedie volunteers his time. “That’s dedication,” says vespers organizer Sydney Stevens.

    Then there’s the Presbyterian Choir director, Bob Walters. Although this is the first summer of his retirement from a long career as a music teacher Walters also has willingly volunteered his services and that of the choir. More dedication!

    The choir, 20 voices strong, is dedicated, as well. Many have been singing together on Sunday mornings for decades — 65 years for Edie Shire and more than 40 for Inez Greenfield and Susan Murfin. That’s a hundred years of Sunday morning hymns from just those three dedicated women. Talk about devotion to service.

    The choir’s accompanist, Karen McNees, not only travels back and forth from Astoria for rehearsals and performances with the choir — dedication enough – but she has also written an original version of a popular old-time hymn, “Blessed Assurance.” It, along with “And the Glory of the Lord” from Handel’s “Messiah,” will be featured in Sunday’s presentation.    

    Oysterville resident Diane Buttrell will be on hand to welcome the participants and share a brief “Oysterville Moment” about the village church and its history. Vespers is open to the public who are invited to “come as you are.”


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