Rustlings (April 15, 2018)

It happens at least once a month. A congregant exits our Sanctuary, stops in the Narthex to shake my hand, smiles apologetically and says, “You shared a nice sermon today, but I primarily come for the music.” I typically smile and respond, “Me too. I’ve already heard the sermon.”

Like many of you – most of you – I love the rich musical tradition of First Baptist Greenville. If one of the reasons you attend FBG is for the music (or if the only reason you attend is for the music), then you will not want to miss these upcoming opportunities!

This Wednesday, April 18, our organist, Shelton Love, will be leading our MidWeek Fellowship. Shelton will share selections from his recently published collection of piano solos, and his music will be accompanied by stories regarding their composition. This Sunday, April 22, our Sanctuary Choir will be joined by the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Cantus Chamber Choir to lead us in a service of Psalms and Prayers. It’s going to be a wonderful week of music.

Looking ahead, on Sunday evening, May 6, Livingston Taylor will perform at a dinner/concert in our Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm. Individual tickets and tables of 8 may be purchased online at the church website ( Get your tickets today. Don’t wait. On Sunday, July 8, we will celebrate Summer Music Sunday with Adam Nitti. Adam is a bass guitarist who has appeared on three Grammy Award winning albums. He has performed with Kenny Loggins, Carrie Underwood, Michael McDonald, Steven Curtis Chapman, Susan Tedeshi, Al Green, Chris Tomlin and the London Symphony Orchestra (just to drop a few names). Adam will be part of our worship leadership on July 8, perform for our Summer Music Sunday luncheon and then lead a Master Class that afternoon for local musicians.

There are just a few of the musical events being offered at FBG in the coming months. There are so many more musical opportunities that fall in between these dates…as well as a few sermons….

– Jim