PRINCETON — St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Princeton will present “Worship and Music through the Generation” during the Homestead Festival under this year’s theme of Generations Strong. This service will be at the regular worship time of 9 a.m.
This service will have a blend of music with traditional hymns accompanied by pipe organ, along with contemporary worship songs led by St. Matthews Worship Team. There also will be special music using a hand-bell tree.
For 24 years, St. Matthews hosted a jazz worship service during Homestead Festival and set a special time later in the morning to accommodate travel time for Jimmy Valentine and his Quintet. Plans were underway to celebrate a 25th anniversary grand finale in 2017. St. Matthews and Jimmy Valentine had been in conversation concerning these plans. Just prior to the 2017 Homestead Festival, St. Matthews learned from Jimmy that he was moving into retirement and would not be able to lead that service last year.
So, instead for 2017, the worship format adjusted with “Come Home to St. Matthews for an Old Fashion Hymn Sing” to match the Homestead them of Home Sweet Home. Since the jazz worship had already been advertised at 10:30 a.m. it was kept at that time last year. For 2018, St. Matthews worship on Homestead Festival weekend will now remain at the regular 9 a.m. time while following the theme of Generations Strong.
St. Matthews Lutheran Church is located at 416 E. Dover Road in Princeton. For more information, visit www.StMatthewsPrinceton.org, email StMatthewsPrinceton@gmail.com or call 815-879-6491.