This Sunday First Pres. welcomes Dr. Robert Hamblin to lead worship. Dr. Hamblin portrays Clarence Jordan of "Cotton Patch" fame. Here is the press release:
Dr. Robert Hamblin, a professor of English at
Jordan (pronounced Jurden), the legendary Baptist preacher who died in 1969, and his wife
Jordan and Koinonia Farm heavily influenced Millard and Linda Fuller, the founders of Habitat for Humanity, as well as President Jimmy Carter.
Hamblin’s Chautauqua-type impersonation of
Hamblin credits his attendance at a Missouri Chautauqua program for stirring his interest in developing the
Hamblin adds: “Because of my teaching style, my students sometimes ask if I have ever been a preacher. This way I get to be a preacher and don’t have to write my own sermons.”
Admission to the program is free, and the public is invited. We will take an offering for Habitat for Humanity in place of an honorarium.
Oh, and we'll sing some good old timey gospel tunes
accompanied by our own Liturgical String Band.