An old-time revival held Saturday, Sept. 8 at a rainy Wyman Park in McArthur took those in attendance back to a simpler time.
It reminded me of the song, "Americana" by Moe Bandy. It tells the story of a man who diverted his trip by exiting the Interstate and driving into a small town and seeing the sights. The event was called "Pork in the Park" and was sponsored by the Renovate Life Church of God. If it were not for the large speakers they used and the cell phones, it would have been like a Norman Rockwell picture painted back in time. There was preaching, testifying and great gospel music. The event was in real time, and we did not need a Flux Capacitor Motor (i.e., Back to the Future movie) to get there.
The Open Rail Band set the historical tone. The group members not only were acoustically picking and singing but sharing the ministry along with their incredible journey. Member Brian Ison stated the trip had taken them from being a back-porch band all the way to winning the International Bluegrass Music Association's Group of the Year Award in Murfreesboro, Tenn. in 2016. Ison stated it is all due to Christ. He also noted banjo picker Don Titus has had throat surgery three times with the possibility of never talking again.
"Not only is he still talking, but he is also singing again," said Ison. "We praise the Lord for that."
It was good to see all the young people involved in the event and to see them enjoy the music and testimony.
The event was refreshing to see in the 21st Century as some churches now have multiple services, including a contemporary one and a traditional one. Church attendance is often down so witnessing the park fill on a less-than-perfect weather day reflects the desire people still have to worship and fellowship.
Life is funny, many things have come and gone, but some are etched in time. Congratulations to Pastor James Dimel and the congregation. There was great food there, and everyone had a good time.
It was genuinely lovely to see. While we all have modern and fast lives today, the old "dinner on the ground" concept is still a viable one. As we pull back on the freeway, it is nice to look back and see the more we change, the more we stay the same.