Community Wide Hymn Sing

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singingThe church I attended as a child used to host a hymn-sing once a month on Sunday nights, a common practice at many churches of that time. The hymn-sing was an important function of the church, and well attended because it allowed everyone to participate in the worship process. Quite frankly, the hymn-sings were upbeat and fun at a time when the church services tended to be pretty solemn. My dad and I frequently attended theses hymn-sings, not only at our church, but often we would go to other churches for their hymn-sings as well. Dad wasn't great at articulating his faith, but he sure could sing about it! "He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today..." "In that old rugged cross stained with blood so divine, a wond'rous beauty I see..."

Great hymns of the faith are full of scriptural and doctrinal truths that are easily memorized because they are set to music. Everyone can participate, no matter what part they sing, or even if they cannot carry a tune.

At Eldermusic Ministries, we bring the hymn-sings to people living in Alzheimer's facilities. Amazingly, even in the advanced stages of dementia, they can remember the words to the songs and often sing parts. To see their faces light up and hear them forming a choir is really a blessing and encourages us to keep going back. This is what "Thy Word have I hidden in my heart" looks like. (Psalm 119:11)

On Sunday, September 28 at 6pm, we will be having a Community Wide Hymn Sing at Sunshine Church, 3300 E. Beltline N.E. There will be a free-will offering collected to benefit Eldermusic Ministries. Everyone is welcome.

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