Trinitarian Congregational Church

Instructions for Drop-Off and Assembly

We can’t wait to see you all for our next outdoor service. Please take some time to read through these instructions and guidelines.

The service will be held on the lawn behind Bradford Hall. Please bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas.

We will only cancel the outdoor service if the weather is thundering and lightning. If the service does need to be cancelled, TCC will put the cancellation notification on the TCC website, and send out an email announcement Sunday morning at 7:30a

General Guidelines for Outdoor Worship Services

  • Every participant (all in your party) must be preregistered; this is out of an abundance of caution, should there be a need for contact tracing.
  • Masks must be worn at all times both inside and outside the building.

Check-in Information

  • Cars enter through the TCC main entrance until 10:30a. After 10:30a, use the TCC EXIT to enter as we do not want traffic coming in on the Bradford side during the service.
  • Tiberius will be at Check Point 1 where you will let him know if you need to:
    • Use the Drop Zone for those who are physically challenged, families with small children, or for those who have difficulty taking out their chairs/umbrellas), or
    • Drive straight ahead to quickly unload the vehicle. If parking is available in the TCC North Parking Lot, use the designated spaces, otherwise go to town parking, or
    • Go straight to the Wayland Town Parking, park and unload your belongings and walk over to the Check-In location.
      We strongly urge people to use the Wayland Town Parking, and then walk via the pathways to the field.
  • When you arrive, please go to the check-in station, where you will find:
    • Hand sanitizing stations have been set up at our Outside Check-In tables.
    • Jen and Nancy will be stationed at two Check-In points near the Drop Zone and service seating area.
    • You can also pick up your Communion cups at the two tables stationed near Check-In.
    • A print copy of the bulletin. We encourage most to use the online bulletin to reduce hand contact.

Info for Parents and Families

  • We will have rooms available for those families with small children who request a room on this Wufoo Registration Form.
  • Families with children who attend the outdoor service will enter together. At 10:50a, those children who participate in the Children’s Ministry, Middle School and High School ministries will be excused. Both Sarah and Kyle will lead the students to their designated areas. See Google Map.

Service Information

  • Trash cans will be in several locations for you to throw the sheets and communion cups away. 
  • No offering plate passed. You can give online at
  • We are able to sing at this outdoor service! Please, as always, keep your mask on.
  • We are providing a Google Map on the TCC website and in the TCC Newsletter so that you can visually see where drop-off points and activity areas are located.
  • The first floor restrooms will be available for emergencies only. An usher will be inside the front entrance to direct you.
  • Once the outdoor service has ended, pick up all belongings, pick up children and go directly to vehicles. Unfortunately, there is no ‘coffee hour’ at this time for safety precautions.

Phew! Thanks for reading everyone. We look forward to seeing you!


Virtual Bulletin | Sunday – 15th Sunday After Pentecost (September 13, 2020)


Gathering Hymn

  • Our God | Chris Tomlin (2010)

Chorus 1
Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God

Verse 1
Water You turned into wine
Opened the eyes of the blind
There’s no one like you
None like you

Verse 2
Into the darkness You shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s No one like you
None like you

And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us?
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
And if Our God is for us, then who can ever stop us?
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
Then what can stand against?

Call to Worship – From Psalm 95

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.


  • Come Christians Join to Sing | MADRID

Verse 1
Come, Christians, join to sing: Alleluia! Amen!
Loud praise to Christ our King Alleluia! Amen!
Let all, with heart and voice, before His throne rejoice;
Praise is His gracious choice. Alleluia! Amen!

Verse 2
Come, lift your hearts on high,Alleluia! Amen!
Let praises fill the sky Alleluia! Amen!
He is our Guide and Friend; To us He’ll condescend;
His love shall never end. Alleluia! Amen!

Verse 3
Praise yet our Christ again, Alleluia! Amen!
Life shall not end the strain; Alleluia! Amen!
On heaven’s blissful shore, His goodness we’ll adore,
Singing forevermore. Alleluia! Amen!


  • Only a Holy God

Verse 1
Who else commands all the hosts of heaven
Who else could make every king bow down
Who else can whisper and darkness trembles
Only a Holy God

Verse 2
What other beauty demands such praises
What other splendour outshines the sun
What other majesty rules with justice
Only a Holy God

Come and behold Him
The One and the Only
Cry out, sing holy
Forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God!

Verse 3
What other glory consumes like fire
What other power can raise the dead
What other name remains undefeated
Only a Holy God

Verse 4
Who else could rescue me from my failing
Who else would offer His only Son
Who else invites me to call Him Father
Only a Holy God
Only my Holy God!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost Amen

Children’s Music Melody
My God is So Big

Greeting and Dismissal

Scripture Reading – Revelation 1:1-9
Sue Wiggil

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him toshow to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of thisprophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

Tom Petter – Senior Pastor

Communion Preparation


  • O Come To The Altar

Verse 1
Are you hurting and broken within?
Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin?
Jesus is calling
Have you come to the end of yourself?
Do you thirst for a drink from the well?
Jesus is calling

O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ

Verse 2
Leave behind your regrets and mistakes
Come today, there’s no reason to wait
Jesus is calling
Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy
From the ashes, a new life is born
Jesus is calling

Oh what a Savior
Isn’t He wonderful?
Sing hallelujah, Christ is risen
Bow down before Him
For He is Lord of all
Sing hallelujah, Christ is risen

Verse 3
Bear your cross as you wait for the crown
Tell the world of the treasure you’ve found

Congregational Prayer
Donna Petter

Distribution of Elements

Closing Song

  • How Great Is Our God

Verse 1
The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the Earth rejoice
All the Earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

Chorus 1
How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Verse 2
Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

Chorus 2
How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Bridge 1
Name above all names
Worthy of our praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God
You’re the name above all names
You are worthy of our praise
And my heart will sing
How great is our God

Chorus 3
How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.



TCC Band:

  • Acoustic Guitar – Alex Kouris
  • Acoustic Guitar – Adam Kuriharas
  • Bass Guitar – Connor Rader
  • Drums – Carl Puglisi
  • Electric Guitar – John Marciniec
  • Piano – Eric Andersen
  • Cello – Alex Lu
  • Violin – Eleanor Markey
  • Vocals – Adam Kuriharas
  • Vocals – Alex Kouris
  • Vocals – Kristin Neprud

Outdoor Worship Service – September 13th @ 10:30am

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Registration is required to attend

Dear Church,

We are excited to invite you and your family to our second outdoor worship service on September 13th, 2020! This is the first of many outdoor services as we plan on continuing these through the warmer fall months of September and October.

We have been gathering in person with a limited capacity (20-40 people) inside since early June. We acknowledge that with standard COVID-19 safety precautions in place (wearing masks, physical distancing, not singing) it has been cumbersome to say the least, and many feel unsafe to return. Most people still elect to tune in from home. We also realize that watching church at home can be quite nice. The ability to sleep a bit longer, sit on your couch with coffee, and the ability to “go to church” as a family are some of the silver linings of this time of isolation.

But we miss something by not all being together. As much as it is nice to have church in our living rooms, we mustn’t make this ‘new normal’ the forever normal. The church in the US was already individualized; we feel called to hold fast to our identity as members of a body.

The church is more than just our own experience. Here’s what we miss by not being together in body:

We miss seeing each other worshiping and the way that strengthens our own faith (Col 3:16)
We miss hearing children speak aloud simple but powerful prayers
We miss seeing others who have suffered great loss hold up their hands outstretched toward God in worship (1 Cor 4:21-26)
We miss hearing the sound of the congregation singing over us. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
We miss the weekly renewal of our identity as participants in the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:12-29)
We miss an immediate sense of the goal of corporate maturity (Eph 4:15-16)
We miss the witness of public worship within our MetroWest community (Deut 31:10-12)

We are all getting tired of virtual church and we know that what we are doing now is only temporary. There will be a day in the future when we can hang up our masks and enter the church building with a handshake or a hug. We hope and pray that day comes soon.

In the meantime, we want to enable an in-person worship service that is as safe as possible given our current restrictions. As we review the regulations and recommendations from health experts in our community and the local and federal governments, we hope that you will feel safe to return and participate in the life of this church at such a crazy time as this!

Here is what that morning will look like:

10:30am Outdoor Worship Service
@ the Bradford Outdoor Theatre (the lawn behind Bradford Hall)

Who should attend?
People of all ages. This is a casual outdoor service with children and students in the first 20 minutes. After children and students are dismissed to participate in physically distanced ministries, Pastor Tom will preach beginning a new series in the book of Revelation, and we will share communion together. Our deacons have created a way to share communion together that minimizes direct contact of hands on the elements. Expect a few distractions from either the road, the weather, or from little ones. We welcome all to experience our first effort at an outdoor service. To help us get setup and give everyone a bit more time to attend in person, we’ll hold this service at 10:30am

Families with infants and toddlers may reserve a room in the children’s wing, so that one parent can be with their children in a safe, kid-friendly environment while the other parent attends the service. Then, the whole family can join up and socialize with everyone outside after the service.

After the first 20 minutes of worshiping through music, the K-5th grade children will be dismissed to the lawn by the memorial for the children’s service. Parents may come by to pick up their children once the service is over. Registering your children online through the link provided will be all the sign-in necessary for outdoor services.

Of course, if you or anyone in your household has been exposed to someone with Covid-19, and/or have been notified by a medical professional that you have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 recently, and/or have a pending Covid-19 test, or if you are feeling unwell, please do not attend. The service will be live-streamed on our website.

COVID-19 Regulations:

Masks: Wear ’em.
Physical distancing: Families and groups will be distanced by at least 10′. Markers on the ground will indicate where you can sit as a family or individual. Of course, we have the entire green space to use, so please sit in a location where you feel comfortable.
Sign-up: We require all to sign up for the worship service in advance. This is out of an abundance of caution, should there be a need for contact tracing.
Capacity: The latest orders from the state of Massachusetts (see section 2 on page 3) does not limit capacity on outdoor religious gatherings. The green space behind Bradford allows us to spread well apart so that our normal attendance of 150-250 persons can be appropriately accommodated.
Singing: Scientific and medical research on singing and the transmission of Covid-19 is a very new area that continues to evolve. In our assessment of latest research, singing aloud is a measured risk that we are willing to take. With masks on and adequate physical distancing, we encourage singing! For those who feel uncomfortable with this, we will have a ‘non-singing’ section clearly marked.

All these precautions are good, but at this point we cannot completely eliminate the risk of Covid-19 spread. Each of us must make our own decision about our comfort and safety, and we will not judge each other for the decisions we make.

At the same time, the positivity rate has been hovering between 1.5%-2% for several months (and we’ve seen no large spike in cases from events such as large outdoor protests or phase III reopening). It will likely be several more months before we start to see the light at the end of this tunnel. We want to figure out the best and safest ways to worship together.


Chairs: We cannot provide chairs for this service. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket if you would like something to sit on.
Tents: We will have a small area in the south side parking lot with some shade, reserved for the elderly or those who with medical concerns. Folks are encouraged to bring their own umbrellas or tents and set them up.
Dropoffs: The south side parking lot will be reserved for limited seating and for dropping off tents/chairs and other things. Please park in the available part of the north parking lot (some will be used for small groups) or in the town building.
Hearing and seeing: Our sound amplification can be heard across the field and lyrics/readings will be on our own devices at Unfortunately, we do not have a screen that is bright enough to be seen during the day.

We hope these precautions and preparations allow the most amount of people to feel safe and excited enough to come and participate. If these still do not make you feel safe or desire to participate, we invite you to let us know what we could do to help you feel safe and want to join us.


What happens if it rains – Will everyone be allowed inside or will current restrictions still apply?
If rain is forecast for the morning, we will simply hold a live-streamed only service from inside. (Update 9/9/20: Light rain is forecast for that morning. We plan on holding the service if the weather is forecast for light rain. We will cancel and live-stream only from indoors if the weather turns worse.). We will notify you via this website, and an email by 7:30a Sunday morning if the outdoor service is cancelled.

How level is the ground behind Bradford? If it is an uneven terrain, will older people in chairs be comfortable in this setting?
It is reasonably level but do come early to find a spot you are comfortable in. The south parking lot is an available, level seating area.

Is there a limit on the number of people you can accommodate?
There is no limit on capacity as long as we spread out and maintain proper social distancing. We plan on spacing people/families out at least 10’ apart.

Will this be another sign-up service venue?
Yes. For reasons of contact tracing and to confirm you have not to your knowledge been in contact with Covid-19 and you are healthy enough to attend, we ask all to register for this service.

Will we be wearing masks while singing? Are there articles you’ve read talking about this as safe?
Yes. Masks will be worn at all times. People leading the service will be at least 25′ away from the first “row” of people and will remove their masks to lead. If you’d like to read more there are some articles here, here, and if you really like academic research papers here, and if you read German here.

The Return: Remembering our First Love


And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
    and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
    they shall obtain gladness and joy,
    and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (Isaiah 35:10)

~Isaiah, ca. 2700 years ago


Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4)

~John, ca. 1900 years ago


This year our ministry theme is captured in the language of Return. First, we hope to return to worship together in body and spirit.  We began the process of return early this summer and continue this fall by taking our worship service outdoors.  From Ezra speaking forth the word on His platform in Nehemiah 8:1-18, to George Whitfield bellowing to 23,000 on the Commons in Boston, open air services hold a special place in the proclamation and expansion of God’s Kingdom. We are thrilled we can gather on our property on September 13th.

Second, we embark on a spiritual journey of returning to the Lord in our own hearts. As the other letter to the Ephesians cautions: let’s not lose our first love for the Lord (Revelation 2:1-7). If we have lost our way, we commit to retrace our steps to find it again. We commit to put ourselves under the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit’s conviction. Through His Word and by His Spirit, we humbly allow God to shape our thinking and practices toward a worldview aligned with the Word of God.

Third, we fix our eyes of the Returning King. Jesus Christ (= “anointed king and savior”) one day will come in Glory to restore justice, righteousness justice and peace forever.  He will wipe away every tear and remove the sting of illness and death.  This was the early Church’s hope, the ground of their resilient faith. Whether empires and cities failed or succeeded, whether political situations changed or stayed the same, Christians learned to thrive regardless of the social, economic and political context.  Their hope was found on nothing else, but Jesus and His righteousness.

When Isaiah casts his vision of the restoration of God’s people (Isaiah 35:1-10), he sees a highway that returns to the worship of the Living God in Jerusalem.  God will restore joy and singing in worship.  John, himself in exile, sees the heavenly city of Jerusalem as the restored Presence of God with humankind forever (Revelation 21:1-4). Here too, sadness and mourning have been canceled out. So John completes the picture started by Isaiah for us:  one day, we will worship together, from all four corners of the world, from every race, ethnicity, culture and language (our choir sang about this last month). So we too wait for that day to come.  But the waiting doesn’t mean idling.  Instead, we work toward its fulfillment by engaging in the proclamation of the Gospel in word and deed.  We commit afresh to the task of bringing the message of the Gospel to our neighbors across the street and across the world.  We remind ourselves that we are called to be faithful witness here where God has placed us. We also keep the big picture in mind.  Our mission is apostolic (= “sent out”). Our work will not be completed until every tribe nation, tongue and people has had the right to hear the Gospel in a way they can understand. TCC is a sending church, whether we relocate regionally, nationally or internationally.  So this year, we pray the Lord of the harvest will continue to raise up and send out workers into the harvest. Jesus Himself says:  “And this Gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

Here are some of the ways we are praying for the Return at TCC:

Commitment to the study of the Word of God and fellowship through Life Group. If you have not yet made the step to join a LIFE group, please reach out to us.

Commitment to teach the Gospel within our families through devotions, Bible meditation and praying together.  This fall marks the launch of a new curriculum for children, the Gospel Project, to instill into our children the reality of God’s love for them through Jesus.  Pastor (and father) Kyle is all ready to take the students onto the road to discipleship and preparation to nurture their faith as they navigate the challenges of a cultural world-view often in competition with a Scriptural world-view.

Commitment to local outreach.  Several initiatives have already begun during Covid but we continue to rely on the creativity and innovation of God’s people. As we pray together and seek His face, He will put ideas in our hearts to serve the community and to bring the light of the Gospel to our neighbors.  This fall during Covid, we are thrilled to be able to serve the Wayland schools by providing much needed classroom space during the week.

Stay tuned in the days to come for more announcements on the theme of the Return.  God is doing new things at TCC and we can’t wait to see what He has in store for us this year!  Jesus remains our Vision in a season which will continue to be filled with storms and challenges.  But He is faithful through them all and He says, “Surely I am coming soon.” To be which we respond: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)

Virtual Bulletin | Sunday – 14th Sunday After Pentecost (September 6, 2020)


Gathering Hymn

  • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty | LOBE DEN HERREN

Verse 1
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
Now to His temple draw near;
Join me in glad adoration!

Verse 2
Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yes, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen
How all thy longings have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Verse 3
Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew
What the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

Verse 4
Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen
Sound from His people again:
Gladly for aye we adore Him.


Call to Worship – From Psalm 29
Alex Kouris

Leader: Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
People: ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.

The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.


  • Lift High The Name | Getty (2013)

Verse 1
Lift high the name of Jesus,
Of Jesus our King.
Make known the power of His grace,
The beauty of His peace.
Remember how His mercy reached
And we cried out to Him.
He lifted us to solid ground,
To freedom from our sin.

Oh sing my soul,
And tell all He’s done,
Till the earth and heavens are filled with His glory!

Verse 2
Lift high the name of Jesus,
Of Jesus our Lord.
His power in us is greater than,
Is greater than this world.
To share the reason for our hope,
To serve with love and grace,
That all who see Him shine through us
Might bring the Father praise.

Verse 3
Lift high the name of Jesus,
Of Jesus our Light.
No other name on earth can save,
Can raise a soul to life.
He opens up our eyes to see
The harvest He has grown.|
We labor in His fields of grace
As He leads sinners home.

  • Build My Life | Passion (2016)

Verse 1
Worthy of every song we could ever sing
Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for you

Verse 2
Jesus the name above every other name
Jesus the only one who could ever save
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for you
We live for you

Chorus 1
Holy, there is no one like you
There is none besides you
Open up my eyes in wonder
Show me who you are
Fill me with your heart and
Lead me in your love to those around me

I will build my life upon your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in your alone
And I will not be shaken

Congregational Prayer
Emose Piou



  • Our Great God | Fernando Ortega (2002)

Glory be to our great God
Glory be to our great God!

Verse 1
Eternal God, unchanging
Mysterious and unknown
Your boundless love unfailing
In grace and mercy shown
Bright seraphim in ceaseless flight
Around your glorious throne
Their voices raised both day and night
In praise to you alone

Verse 2
Lord, we are weak and frail,
Helpless in the storm
Surround us with your angels
Hold us in your arms
Our cold and ruthless enemy
His pleasure is our harm
Rise up, oh Lord, and he will flee
Before our Sovereign God

Verse 3
Let every creature in the sea
And every flying bird
Let all the mountains, all the fields
And valleys of the earth
Let all the moons and all the stars
Throughout the universe
Sing praises to the Living God
Who rules them by His word

Scripture Reading
Susan Foster

Kyle Smethurst – Pastor of Family Ministries

Song of Response

  • Come As You Are

Verse 1
Come out of sadness from wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted let rescue begin
Come find your mercy oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens lay down your shame
All who are broken lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home you’re not too far
So lay down your hurt lay down your heart
Come as you are

Verse 2
There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t cure

Come as you are
Fall in his arms
Come as you are

Verse 3
There’s joy for the morning Oh sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow That heaven can’t heal

Come as you are
Come as you are
Come as you are


TCC Band:

  • Acoustic Guitar – Alex Kouris
  • Cajon – Calvin Neprud
  • Piano – Jim Markey
  • Vocals – Alex Kouris