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Hymn Festival celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

10.15.17 | Church News | by Grace Church

Hymn Festival celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

    Join the choirs of Grace Church, along with the Alliance Brass, for “Around This Reformation Year,” a festival of hymns from around the church year.

    Martin Luther, his contemporaries, and other German pastors and musicians of the 16th and 17th centuries composed great hymns that tell the story of salvation with memorable texts and tunes. Grace’s Reformation Hymn Festival on Sunday, October 15, at 4 p.m., will celebrate this heritage, as choirs and congregation sing favorite Reformation-era hymns from around the church year, accompanied by organ, strings, and the Alliance Brass Quartet.  

    While the hymns are old, many of the settings are new, composed by Grace Cantor Michael D. Costello and other contemporary composers. Grace member Carl Schalk, a well-known scholar of Lutheran hymnody, will offer an introduction to the hymn festival. Short commentaries from Grace’s pastors will relate hymns to faith and scripture. 

    The Senior Choir, Joyful Voices, and the 5–8 Grade Grace School Choir will all participate in the festival. Favorite hymns on the program include "Savior of the Nations, Come," "O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright," and "Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands." The festival  concludes (of course!) with “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” 

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