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Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social


Cedar Springs United Methodist Church Sesquicentennial

by Sue Harrison

In the classic play, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, the choir director tells his singers, “Remember music came into the world to give pleasure… Now look here, get it out of your head that music’s only good when it’s loud.  You leave loudness to the Methodists.  You couldn’t beat ‘em even if you wanted to.”

From the beginning of the Methodist movement in America and elsewhere, Methodists were known for their “hearty singing”, “great harmony in their singing,” and some of the most “melodious tunes ever composed for church use”—John Scott, Fine Picture of Enthusiasm (1744).  John Wesley was very particular about the texts his people were to sing, and how they were to sing them. Some of his instructions in his comments in the preface to “Sacred Melody” (1761) were to “Sing lustily and with good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength….Above all sing spiritually.”

In addition to “hearty” singing from the congregation, the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church’s choirs have been an integral part of the worship services since its beginning. Over the years the membership,the organists, and the pianists have changed, but providing harmony and teaching of the Word through music has been the focus of every choir through the years. In all forms, hymn singing became a trademark of Methodist worship.

As part of the celebration for the 150 year anniversary of the Methodist Church in  Cedar Springs, the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church is inviting everyone to an Old Fashioned Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social on July 31, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.  at the church located on Main and Church Streets. Come join the fellowship and fun of this community event to help celebrate the church’s Sesquicentennial.  Everyone is welcome.

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