Briefly, March 21

Church to host gospel concert

The Tiffin University Gospel Choir is to give a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 46 Madison St, Tiffin. For more information, call the TU music department at (419) 448-3360.

Cantata choir to

perform March 29

The Harmony Easter Cantata Choir is to perform its annual musical presentation at 7:30 p.m. March 29. This year’s cantata is titled, “Hallelujah, Praise the Lamb.” It is a dramatic musical presentation which tells the story of Christ.

There is no admission charge; however, an offering is to be received. The church is at CR 6 and CR 19, four miles south of Tiffin.

Processions April 3 at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine

April 3, the Sorrowful Mother Shrine south of Bellevue is to offer two opportunities to pray the Stations of the Cross while walking in procession through the shrine woods 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. The 9 p.m. Way of the Cross is to be a candlelight procession.

Divine Mercy Sunday planned for April 12

April 12, the Feast of Divine Mercy, the Sorrowful Mother Shrine south of Bellevue, is to have a special day of prayer. Following the 11 a.m. Mass, the prayer is to open with eucharistic adoration; confessions are to be available 12:30-2:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., there is to be an outdoor procession to the Shrine of St. Faustina/Divine Mercy and the day is to close with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction.

Presbyterians OK gay marriage in church constitution

NEW YORK (AP) – The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has expanded its definition of marriage to include a “commitment between two people,” recognizing gay marriage as Christian in the church constitution after decades of debate over same-sex relationships.

The redefinition was endorsed last year by the church General Assembly, or top legislative body, but required approval from a majority of the Louisville, Kentucky-based denomination’s 171 regional districts, or presbyteries.

The 86th “yes” vote came Tuesday night from the Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey.

“So many families headed by LGBTQ couples have been waiting for decades to enter this space created for their families within their church communities,” said the Rev. Robin White, a leader of More Light Presbyterians, which advocates for gay acceptance.

After all regional bodies finish voting and top Presbyterian leaders officially accept the results, the change will take effect June 21. The denomination has nearly 1.8 million members and about 10,000 congregations and now is the largest Protestant group to authorize gay weddings churchwide.