Yesterday the recessional hymn out of church was "American the Beautiful". Why, you might ask. This weekend the country celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4. Also, the composer or lyricist of America the Beautiful, Katherine Lee Bates, was born in Falmouth and the church I'm writing about is in Falmouth, MA.
The strange thing is, no one recessed out. The congregation remained standing and belted out the song and when it was finished, applause.