Thanks to all who indicated their favorite hymn. The following hymns received more than one vote:  140 Great is Thy Faithfulness  310 He Lives  314 In the Garden  354 I Surrender All  364 Because He Lives  367 He Touched Me  369 Blessed Assurance  370 Victory In Jesus  378 Amazing Grace  397 I Need Thee Every Hour  545 The Church’s One Foundation

You may have noticed that the piano has moved from the left side of the church to the right and that the organ console has been turned. Thanks go to the following gentlemen who gave up time, effort and muscle, to accomplish this!  1   Tom Harmon

2   Bill Strader

3    Dave Wentworth

4    John Sadowski

5   Michael Carter Thanks also to my friend Jonathan Davis, a retired organ technician for wiring the organ in its new locatiion. ~   ~   ~

You might be interested in the history behind a favorite hymn: In the Garden.  G. Austin Miles was a pharmacist and amateur photographer who, in March, 1912, while waiting for some film to develop opened his bible to his favorite chapter, John 20, the story of the first Easter. He later said “As I read it that day, I seemed to be part of the scene . . .  My hands were resting on the bible while I stared at the light blue wall. As the light faded, I seemed to be standing at the entrance of a garden, looking down a gently winding path, shaded by olive branches. A woman in white, with head bowed, hand clasping her throat as if to choke back her sobs, walked slowly into the shadows. It was Mary. As she came to the tomb, upon which she placed her hand, she bent over to look in and hurried away. John, in flowing robe, appeared, looking at the tomb, then came Peter, who entered the tomb, followed slowly by John.”  “As they departed, Mary reappeared, leaning her head upon her arm at the tomb. She wept. Turning herself, she saw Jesus standing, so did I. I knew it was He. She knelt before Him, with arms outstretched and looking into his face, cried, ‘Rabboni!’  “I awakened in full light, gripping my Bible, with muscles tense, and nerves vibrating. Under the inspiration of this vision I wrote as quickly as the words would be formed the poem exactly as it has since appeared. That same evening I wrote the music.”

 

 

Ray Ackerman

Director of Music

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