I recently attended a series of classes at Vermeer entitled, “Equipped for Life.” In the Relational Wealth Class, we were asked to introduce ourselves and tell what feeds our souls. Many of us answered “music.” For some people it was southern gospel, for some it was hymns, for others it was praise tunes. For some it was all types of music. There are certainly many different kinds of music we can listen to. You too might agree that music feeds your soul. The great hymns of the faith have brought much spiritual food to many people. We have sung these songs for years, and many of us can sing them by heart. In a recent committee meeting some of us said we can remember words of songs sometimes more than scripture verses.
The words of the great hymns of the faith have touched many lives. I personally remember, as a family, standing around the death bed of my brother singing about God’s promises and receiving the comfort from those great songs.
Because of the change to a more contemporary style of worship many of us do not get to sing those old familiar tunes. Last year, a group of five individuals from the area got together and planned the first ever Heartland Gospel Hymn Sing. Because of the many blessings to attendees the hymn sing provided, the Second Annual Heartland Hymn Sing will be held this year This is a non-denominational, intergenerational time of singing the heartwarming traditional hymns of the faith. It is going to be a wonderful evening of praise as we all join in singing familiar songs like, “It Is Well with My Soul,” “Blessed Assurance” and “Victory in Jesus.”
The mass choir will include Higher Power Quartet, Headin’ Home Quartet, The Gospel Singers Male Ghorus, as well as anyone in the community who would like to sing. Choir practice will begin at 6 p.m. with the Praise Service beginning at 7 p.m. June 10 at Pella Christian High School Vermeer Auditorium. A freewill offering will be received to help cover the expenses. The balance of the offering will be given to a nonprofit organization. The balance from last year’s praise service was donated to Joshua Christian Academy in Des Moines. For more information call or email Christy Van Zee at 641-628-1068 or Bigrock490@yahoo.com. This promises to be an evening where your soul will be fed.
Christy Van Zee