A hymn festival, titled "Our God in Ages Past and Years to Come," will be held in chapel at 8:00 p.m. on October 26, 2012, featuring the Covenant Brass Ensemble, the Covenant Chorale, and the Renaissance Consort. Guests of the festival will be invited to join in singing various hymns, including “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”
“Attendants can expect a time of worship through scripture and song,” says David Long, visiting professor of music. Professor Long found inspiration for this event at the faculty retreat in August, at which several faculty members presented their recent scholarship.
“The creation story and the Christian story through the ages kept occurring in lectures,” says Professor Long. “This had a profound impact on me and as I was sitting and listening to the lectures I began to think about a hymn festival.” Attendants will likely notice that inspiration in the festival’s theme: Psalm 90, and in a performance by adjunct music professor Stephen Humphries, who will improvise on the hammered dulcimer while the creation story is read aloud from Genesis.
“Come ready to be inspired,” says Professor Long, “but mostly come ready to participate in congregational song. The most important choir at the hymn festival is the College community!”
The hymn festival is free and open to the public.