Sunday, October 6, is World Communion Sunday. On this particular Sunday, communion tables around the world will be set with bread and wine and made ready for celebration. Protestants, Roman Catholics and many Orthodox communities will acknowledge our kinship…a much-needed nod in our fractured faith and world.

Not only will we commune with ecclesiastical kin around the world, we will also share communion with a dear friend of mine. Riley Hagan—performing artist, instructor and composer—will be our guest musician on World Communion Sunday. Riley is a bass guitarist (yes, I’m biased), a graduate of Berklee School of Music and the disciple of renowned bassist, Michael Manring. Riley is a resident of the west coast—spending time in the California Bay Area, Portland and Hawaii. He also happens to be one of my mentors.

On World Communion Sunday, Riley will be sharing a taste of ‘world music’ with us. His solo stylings and his instruments are quite unique—unlike most bass guitarists you have heard. His use of the Zon hyper-bass, chordings and harmonics (yes, this is getting too technical) is amazing to both eye and ear. You will not want to miss this!

In addition to Riley’s time with us on Sunday morning, He will be leading a master class for bass players in our Fellowship Hall on Saturday, October 7, at 1:00 pm. He will also be doing a full concert at Fernwood Baptist Church, in Spartanburg, on Sunday evening, October 8, at 6:00pm.

Take advantage of this time to share communion with your faith family and our friends around the world…and to share a little time with a friend and mentor of mine.


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