High praise for sum­mer songs

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

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.

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