Guest Preacher: Bishop Dr. Zablon Nthamburi
Our preacher on Pentecost Sunday is former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church in Kenya, Bishop Dr. Zablon Nthamburi. He earned his Ph.D at the Claremont School of Theology and was Professor of Biblical Studies and Church History at Kenyatta University before being elected Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church (1992-2004). He is the author of five books (A History of the Methodist Church in Kenya; The Church in Africa at the Crossroads; From Mission to Church – A History of Christianity in East Africa; The African Face of Jesus; and The African Church in the 21st Century). Bishop Nthamburi has served as President of the World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions; Chairman of the National Council of Churches of Kenya; Chancellor of Kenya Methodist University; Member of the Constitution Commission of Kenya; and Member of the World Methodist Councilâ€™s Commission on Theology.
Guest Choir: Chapel Choir of Downers Grove First United Methodist Church
Our Guest Choir on Pentecost Sunday is the Chapel Choir of Downers Grove First United Methodist Church. The Chapel Choir has led Sunday worship at the 9:30 am service during the school year since 1960. For the past 42 years, the choir has participated on a week-long Spring Break musical mission trip spreading Godâ€™s message in word and song to congregations throughout North America. Over the years, the choir has also appeared on television and sung at the Northern Illinois Conference, as well as other sporting and community events.
Despite ever-increasing demands on their time, choir members practice Wednesday nights and Sundays after worship in preparation for the Christmas concert and tour. Members also give generously of their time via fundraising and mission activities at church and most are involved in numerous school activities, including athletics, speech, band, choir and dance. More than 40 youth earned credits toward tour and mission trip through the Youth InTent program by delivering chairs and tables and set ting up tents for graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. The 2014 Tour Choir is composed of students from eight different high schools: Downers Grove North, Naperville Central, Downers Grove South, Naperville North, Hinsdale Central, Timothy Christian, Lisle and Westmont.