High praise for summer songs
HEATHCOTE Uniting Church held its Summer Songs of Praise on Sunday which proved a popular event for those in attendance.
There were some familiar hymns, and some new ones, but all were well received. One couple from Redcastle saw the event advertised in The McIvor Times and decided to check it out for themselves, and they thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.
Chosen by various members of the congregation, there was a brief introduction to each song, with reasons given for each choice.
Most touching was Marion’s choice of Blessed Assurance, chosen by her mother when in a nursing home.
Jack spoke of childhood hymns coming back to him when he was in hospital at age 70.
Will Your Anchor Hold steady through his illness.
Halfway through the 12 songs, chips and lollies which had been decorating the front of the church in baskets were handed around as well as cold water for refreshment.
One favourite was Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us . . . Living Lord with the music so perfectly aligned to the words.
The congregation all stood for Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the coming of the Lord . . . Glory, glory, hallelujah, his truth is marching on, a rousing anthem by Julia Ward Howe.
Rousing it was too in the crowded Heathcote Uniting Church as Bronwyn, playing the Irish drum, the bodhran and Sue on maracas marched the length of the church.
The event was hailed a huge success with everyone going home with songs in their hearts. kept him
Deb, Sela, Isai, Levi and Heath Edwards (above), Julie Frazer and Wendy Wright (left) and Bill Parkins and Daryl Grubb (below) enjoy the Summer Songs of Praise event held at the Heathcote Uniting Church on Sunday.