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Practically every church offers worship in the form of song, but one local couple is literally singing to the heavens. recently wrote about a relatively new, 30-minute informal worship service held every Thursday at the open-air Heartland Chapel outside First United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Walker Ave.

Morgan and Ridge Kennedy have been leading the guitar-backed service since early September.

The chapel was not previously used for worship services.

Across the street from the chapel is the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Rev. Mark McAdow said part of the reason for the service is to draw in visitors from across the street to share in fellowship and song.

Ridge Kennedy was recently hired as the church youth minister.

His wife came up with the idea to utilize the chapel.

Morgan said she most cares about serving people as they take time to reflect at the memorial.

“One of my favorite things is being outside and singing of God’s creation,” she told “If they don’t come in this place, that’s OK. … At least it’s being heard.”

The chapel was built not long after the bombing by church members Frank and Donna Sisson, who say the altar there is made of native stone and granite rescued from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

The couple viewed the pavilion as a testament to local strength and the power of  faith.

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