SOMERSET, NJ -In year's past the Middlebush Reformed Church's carillon bells could be heard following the township's Independence Day celebration, but this year due to the cancellation of the fireworks display, the church will showcase it's playlists, virtually.

To see live at 7 pm click here: https://www.facebook.com/MiddlebushReformedChurch/

Rev. George H. Montanari spoke with local press to provide some details about this year's Facebook Live presentation.

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You're a Grand Old Flag (watch the full video to see the special guest):

This morning, the Middlebush Reformed Church also played - The Stars and Stripes Forever, This Land is Your Land, I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy & the National Emblem March. 

 

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Each year it is the privilege of Middlebush Reformed Church to ring our carillon to complement Franklin Township’s observance of Independence Day. Ringing patriotic songs and hymns after the beauty of the annual fireworks display is a gift we thoroughly enjoy giving to our community. Because of COVID-driven cancellations, we know that people will miss beloved parts of our township observance this year. To help fill the gap, we are glad to contribute what we can in order to keep some of the day’s festive atmosphere of celebration. Beside our normal 12, 3 and 6 pm playlists, our carillon will ring twice more on July 4. We usually accompany the Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department annual parade, a tradition of better than 80 years now. Our carillon will still ring at 10:20 am, when the marchers would otherwise be walking past the church on Amwell Road. And at 7 pm our carillon will ring the extended playlist which usually follows the township fireworks display. The morning playlist will be covered by TAP into Franklin Township and The Franklin Reporter and Advocate. The evening playlist will be posted here on MRC’s Facebook page around 8 pm. Our thanks to partners in Franklin Township and the media for helping us to share our patriotic musical tribute as widely as possible

And because we are living through a time of national hardship and heartache, our songs are accompanied by our prayers for our nation: that God’s hand of healing will be upon our places of illness, God’s comfort be upon our places of grief, God’s strength be upon our places of fatigue, God’s peace be upon our places of unrest, God’s reconciling power mend every place of division. May God’s heart of love be mirrored in our own words of kindness and compassion, in our own deeds of patience and generosity, in our own efforts for “liberty and justice for all.” May God endow us with every grace so that we may indeed build that “more perfect union” for which so many have sacrificed so much.
 
Happy Independence Day! God bless you, and God bless America!