Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, a group of United Methodist pastors from the New Orleans area and the choir from First Grace United Methodist Church in New Orleans participated in an interfaith service marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Louisiana coast Aug. 29, 2005.
The service was held Monday evening at St. Louis Cathedral, located in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Pictures courtesy of Clarion Herald
Bishop Harvey read a passage from the Book of Mark, including the verses that read, “[Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” The bishop read the passage aloud in Spanish and English.
The choir from First Grace UMC performed several times during the service, including a rendition of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and the singing of “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” in concert with choirs from St. Louis Cathedral and St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in New Orleans.
Other participants in Monday’s service included retired Roman Catholic Archbishop Alfred Hughes and the Honorable Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans. Some of the United Methodist pastors that participated in the service are pictured below.