hymn sing to have informal gathering feel

Release Date: Sept. 14, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Old hymn favorites like “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art” might be considered relics in some of today’s churches, but those old songs are interwoven into the fabric of the Christian faith.

              Likewise, those hymns are interwoven with the history of Wayland Baptist University. In celebration of that heritage, Wayland is dusting off the hymnals for the Centennial Hymn Sing, slated for Sunday, Oct. 5, from 3-4 p.m. in the sanctuary of College Heights Baptist Church.

              The event is open to the public, with churches of all denominations encouraged to bring groups for the sing, which will have a very informal feel according to organizer Robert Black, associate professor of music at Wayland.

              “This will have the flavor of an old-time gathering around the piano at grandma’s house,” Black said. “We’ll just be singing many of the songs from our past 100 years, many of classics and some more recent hymns.”

              Black noted that two groups, the Wayland Singers and the Wayland Handbell Ensemble, will be assisting with the Hymn Sing, along with music leaders from churches around the area.

              A choir will be featured, comprised of Wayland Singers and others from churches who would like to participate in more of a leadership role. Black hopes the event will become an annual event that brings churches together.

              “This is a way of commemorating the shared history we have of our faith,” he said. “We have lots of common ground. But we’re losing a lot of hymns, and the current generation doesn’t even know some of these songs. We just want to share our past experiences and keep these great hymns alive well into the future.”

              There is no admission charge for the event.