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Voices only: An elder ordination of joyful noises


Welcome to Voices only, our weekly roundup of the best a cappella videos we can find online.

This week we didn’t have to go far to find great music. Our friends at the East Side Church of Christ in Oklahoma City invited us to an elder ordination — and treated us to inspirational songs sung by groups from across the nation.

Newly installed elder Stanley Daniel, center, prays along with Jack Reynolds, left, and Gary Jones Sr.

Stanley Daniel became the third elder of the 175-member congregation, joining elders Gary Jones Sr. and Jack Reynolds. Members of other Churches of Christ in Oklahoma City participated in the ceremony. East Side is an active part of United in Christ, a movement by congregations across Oklahoma that encourages increased interaction and cooperation among predominantly black and predominantly white congregations.


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Also present were vocal groups from Churches of Christ in Tennessee and Florida. Following are more photos and a few videos from the event:

Kent Allen, vice president for advancement at Oklahoma Christian University and former minister for the Memorial Road Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, gives a charge to Stanley Daniel and his wife, Renita, as Stanley Daniel is installed as an elder of the East Side Church of Christ.

The children’s chorus of the East Side church sings “Let it Rise.”

Jeremie Beller, congregational minister for the Wilshire Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, says an opening prayer during the elder ordination.

POWER, an a cappella group from the Whites Creek Pike Church of Christ in Nashville, Tenn., sings during the elder ordination.

Members of the East Side Church of Christ sing along with the vocal groups.

Revelation, a group from the Southside Church of Christ in Orlando, Fla., sings.

Curtis Williamson of Lakeland, Fla., leads singing during the elder ordination.

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